[ros-users] BSD license questions

Nicholas Butko nbutko at ucsd.edu
Fri Feb 11 18:11:26 UTC 2011

I have a general question about BSD licenses for statically compiled

The BSD license states, among other things,

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:


  * Redistribution's in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
    this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
    and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

Is shipping an executable that statically links portions of a BSD library
"redistribution"? Does the BSD license agreement need to incorporated in
that case?

The above clause is meant to apply to the library. However, when using
statically linked libraries, they become incorporated into a larger binary,
which is usually not redistributable.

How are these cases usually interpreted?

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