ISC considering a change to the BIND open source license

Dennis Clarke dclarke at
Mon Jun 13 21:43:55 UTC 2016

On 06/13/2016 04:52 PM, Victoria Risk wrote:
 > Hello BIND users-
 > ISC published BIND under a very permissive open source license...

Not sure what inspired this change but I suspect that meetings have been 
held with legal teams for quite some time. I won't speculate on what 
reasons this legal license shift is being taken other than to say a 
clear "Thank You" to ISC for amazing work done over many many years. I 
don't think there will be much argument from the millions of users that 
enjoy code releases of BIND that keeps the entire global internet DNS 
infrastructure working.

 > The MPL license requires that anyone redistributing the code who has
 > changed it must publish their changes (or pay for an exception to the
 > license). It doesn’t impact anyone who is using the software without
 > redistributing it, nor anyone redistributing it without changes – so
 > most users will not see any change.

Magnificent.  Also ensures that the implementations of ISC BIND that we 
see out in the wild will conform to expected behavior as documented in 
the code itself. Those that stray from the expected behavior will now be 
documented also.  This is an excellent transition for all involved and 
ensures a higher level of quality control on DNS products.

Dennis Clarke

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