ISC considering a change to the BIND open source license

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Tue Jun 14 17:10:16 UTC 2016

I disagree with this but who am I to stand in the way of the goddam 
almighty dollar, you're going to do it anyway regardless of what anyone 
says, this comment thing is just window dressing.

I would request that you consider doing one thing before kicking all
the BSD distributions in the teeth, and that is to at least publish
an End-Of-Patch-Release date for BIND 9.10 so that people running
those distros know how much time they have to get it unbundled - and
make sure the patches to the older version don't "accidentally"
fall under the new license.

I know it would be too much to ask that the resolver library at least
stay under BSD license so I won't even bother.

It's a goddam shame that some commercial a-holes out there have to spoil 
it for everyone by not kicking back a few bucks of their
ill-gotten gains to you guys.  All I can say is once you have your
shiny new license I'm going to be mighty POed if you don't sue
the pants off the next one of those companies that uses the BIND code
and effs it up to make an example for the rest of them.   BIND but 
without the bugs, indeed!   What rot.

That's why we can't have nice things.


On 6/13/2016 1:52 PM, Victoria Risk wrote:
> Hello BIND users-
> ISC published BIND under a very permissive open source license
> <>
> (
> nearly two decades ago. ISC is the organizational steward for BIND; in
> order to preserve the software for the long term, we are considering a
> move to the more restrictive Mozilla Public License (MPL 2.0)
> <>
> (
> 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.
> In the event we do proceed with the change in license, we will announce
> this with the 9.11.0 beta and it will take effect with the BIND 9.11.0
> release.
> We welcome comments from BIND users, including statements of support or
> concern. Email Vicky Risk, Product Manager at vicky at if you want
> to discuss privately, Tweet at us at @ISCdotORG
> <>, or discuss on bind-users at
> <mailto:bind-users at>.
> Regards,
> Vicky Risk,
> Product Manager
> Jeff Osborn, President of ISC, announcing we are considering this change
> at RIPE72 in Copenhagen May 26th,
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