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are a family of
permissive free software license
s, imposing minimal restrictions on the redistribution of covered software. This is in contrast to
licenses, which have reciprocity
requirements. The original BSD license was used for its namesake, the
Berkeley Software Distribution
. The original version has since been revised and its descendants are more properly termed modified BSD licenses.
Two variants of the license,
the New BSD License/Modified BSD License (3-clause), and
the Simplified BSD License/FreeBSD License (2-clause) have been verified as
free software license
s by the
Free Software Foundation
, and have been
open source license
s by the
Open Source Initiative
while the original, 4-clause license has not been accepted as an open source license and, although the original is considered to be a free software license by the FSF, the FSF does not consider it to be compatible with the GPL due to the advertising clause.
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''Twenty Years of Berkeley Unix: From AT&T-Owned to Freely Redistributable''
BSD License Definition
Permissive free software licence
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