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Re: Subversion 1.1.0 Release Candidate 1 released.

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-07-16 17:35:16 CEST

"Monks, Peter" <peter.monks@vignette.com> writes:
> My apologies if this is a dumb question, but if I'm developing
> commercial software whose source code is housed in a Subversion
> repository that uses the BDBFS, do I have to pay license fees to
> Sleepycat?

I just sent this reply in another thread, so if it looks familiar,
that's why.

The gist of BDB's license is that if you use BDB *as part of* a piece
of software, and that software is distributed under a commercial
(non-free, non-open-source) license, then you must pay for BDB. In
other words, the license terms that matter are those of the software
that is dependent on BDB -- the one making calls into BDB.

Since BDB is a database, it's common to use it as part of an
application that manages data. If you have built such an application
(call it MyApp), and some of the data MyApp manages are other
applications' source code, the license terms of those other
applications are irrelevant here. The only terms that matter to BDB
are those of MyApp.

-Karl

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