License compatibility of BSD-new to X11

Bernhard Reiter reiter at
Tue Apr 12 13:26:40 UTC 2011

Am Dienstag, 12. April 2011 12:56:16 schrieb Jan-Christoph Borchardt:
> A developer wants to release his application as MIT/X11. It uses the Dojo
> toolkit which is licensed as modified BSD (or Academic Free License 2.1).
> Is this possible? 

In general the license of each component must be followed.
For the part one person, e.g. a developer, hold the exclusive copyrights,
this person can release the part under a license.

> The third clause of the modified BSD seems to prevent 
> that: ┬╗Neither the name of the <organization> nor the names of its
> contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
> software without specific prior written permission.┬ź

This would mean you cannot use the organisation doing the Dojo part
or their contributors to endorse Dojo or products based on it.
But why would someone do this? :)


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