Contributed by dhartmei on from the more-free dept.
"Documentation must be free" is not as common a creed as you might expect, even among otherwise pure Open Source projects. If you take a close look, you'll often find copyright statements and no license, which, by copyright law, means all rights are reserved, and redistribution and modification are not allowed.
Nick's and Joel's generous gift now allows other projects (like FreeBSD, which imported pf recently) to stand on giants' shoulders and expand the work freely. The BSD license makes it a true gift, as the receiver is not obligated in any way. We hope, though, that others will join us in this spirit, and free their changes, too.
The full license, found in the HTML source, reads:
Copyright (c) 2003, Nick Holland
Copyright (c) 2003, 2004, Joel Knight Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this documentation for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies. THE DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS DOCUMENTATION INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS DOCUMENTATION
The commit message reads:
Changes by: email@example.com 2004/05/06 19:55:24 Log message: Add an OpenBSD license to the PF User's Guide. Concept and breakdown of copyrights agreed to by Joel Knight and myself, license assistance millert@, ok deraadt@.Thanks to both Nick and Joel, for their on-going great work, and for sharing it like this.
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