Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Licence


To release software for people to use as they wish, with no restriction other than they cannot use the names of the University or the author/s.

Key features

  • Grants the user unrestricted rights to use, redistribute, with or without modification source and binary forms provided the copyright notice and license terms (including disclaimer of liability provision) is retained in documentation and other materials provided with the distribution
  • Users are prohibited from using the name of the contributors or relevant organisation to endorse or promote products derived from the software

When should BSD licensed materials be used?

Generally, BSD licensed materials should not unduly restrict or limit you if you decide to use those materials in your work. However, you will need to ensure that any copyright or other notices in the BSD licensed materials are preserved and maintained.

When should materials be released under a BSD licence?

The BSD licence may be appropriate if you have developed a generic software (eg a library) that is suitable for general use, and the risk of that software not working or functioning is low. The BSD licence may not be appropriate if it impacts on any commitments that the University has made to other third parties (eg a industry partner), if your software or material has significant commercial value or if it will be used in a regulated environment (eg healthcare).