ISC considering a change to the BIND open source license

Evan Hunt each at
Tue Jun 14 20:06:55 UTC 2016

On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 12:38:14PM -0700, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
> In reality, there IS no "middle ground"   If you truly believe a
> piece of software SHOULD be freely licensed, then that includes the
> idea that commercial entities can use it as they see fit.

Thank you for the explanation.

As I undesrtand it, commercial entities *will* be able to use BIND as they
see fit, even if the relicensing goes ahead.  Share bug fixes back, or get
a support contract, and we're good.  We really just want everybody to be a
mensch about it.

On a personal level, I actually agree with you, and I find the idea of
relicensing somewhat regrettable.  It's not that I'm against the GPL, I
think software creators should be able to share their work on whatever
terms they like, but *personally* I like giving my stuff away with as few
encumbrances as possible.  It's disappointing to me to add any burden to
it at all.  I do like eating, though, and I won't be able to fix as many
bugs if I have to stop doing that. :/

Evan Hunt -- each at
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc.

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