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2007-06-14
2013-04-22
  • Jun Gee Cho

    Jun Gee Cho - 2007-06-14

    Dear project admin and developers:

    I observe that your project is utilizing three open source licesnes:BSD License, GNU General Public License (GPL), and GNU Library or Lesser General Public License (LGPL). Is there any specific reason for your decision to use multiple licenses? Best regards! Jun

     
    • Sean Morrison

      Sean Morrison - 2007-06-14

      As of version 7.10.0, there are just two licenses, BSD and LGPL.  The reason for multiple licenses has to do with the fact that BRL-CAD is a big package, a suite of tools, where using multiple licenses is akin to carrying multiple insurance policies (car, life, health, dental, etc).  Different licenses apply to different portions of the package (code, documentation, data files, etc), where they are more appropriate.

      As stated in the COPYING file (see http://brlcad.cvs.sourceforge.net/\*checkout*/brlcad/brlcad/COPYING for details), the source licensing is such that most of the source code in BRL-CAD is now LGPL.  The build system, support scripts, documentation, and a few of the more generalized tools (like the benchmark suite) are under BSD-style license terms.

      Cheers!
      Sean

       

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