On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Free BSD representative,
> I am inquiring if Free BSD is installable under the The GNU General Public
> License (short: GNU GPL or simply GPL)? Need to verify that for the
> requester of this software as coming through our subcontracts division.
> Jack Guelff
> Subcontracts Administrator
> Software and Intellectual Property Licensing
> Office: (319) 263-0985
> Fax: (319) 295-2075
I am NOT a lawyer , therefore my views can not be considered a legal advice
I think , your best action would be to ask to a lawyer ( being expert on
copyright and licensing issues ) for legal issues of such a question to be
answered properly .
If you consider GPL , its most important requirement is that when a GPL
licensed software is distributed to others , the source is also should be
supplied with respect to GPL license rules .
A BSD licensed software can be used in ANY WAY without removing its license
and copyright terms .
If you study
you will see that it is not possible to combine each free and permissive
licensed software with a GPL licensed software . Therefore , for FreeBSD ,
it is necessary to review each file with respect to GPL combination .
Another point is that GPL license can cover only USED parts within a GPL
licensed software . If FreeBSD is not , lets say , called by , or linked
into a GPL licensed software , it will NOT be GPL license covered . It is
obvious that any software with its own license terms can NOT be re-licensed
as GPL licensed software , at least because GPL can NOT remove its own
license , but it can or can not be utilized within a GPL licensed software .
As a result , my opinion is that FreeBSD can NOT be re-licensed as a GPL
licensed software as a whole . In reality , this is not necessary also
because FreeBSD sources are open to public through its source repositories .
Thank you very much .
Mehmet Erol Sanliturk