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Statement on the Use of the BSD Daemon Figure

By: Marshall Kirk McKusick


The BSD Daemon is to be used in the context of BSD software. So, if you are using BSD software (BSD/OS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, or BSD utilities) in your Intranet environment, then use of the daemon is appropriate. If you are a Microsoft shop, then it is not appropriate.

Individuals may use the daemon for their personal use within the bounds of good taste (an example of bad taste was a picture of the BSD daemon blowtorching a Solaris logo). When reasonably possible, I would like the text
"BSD Daemon Copyright 1988 by Marshall Kirk McKusick. All Rights Reserved."
to be included. This text need not be etched into the figure or garishly displayed when using the daemon as say an Icon in a Web window. A good example of how to handle the due credit in a web page is to create a link from the daemon picture to the following text:

BSD Daemon Copyright 1988 by
 Marshall Kirk McKusick.
  All Rights Reserved.

Permission to use the daemon 
 may be obtained from:
   Marshall Kirk McKusick
   1614 Oxford St
   Berkeley, CA 94709-1608
   USA
or via email at mckusick@mckusick.com

If you are looking for daemon images or daemon shirts, a pictorial history of the daemon and daemon shirts are available at my site, www.mckusick.com/beastie/. If you are looking for daemon badges, see the site at www.scotgold.com/Daemon.htm. For other paraphanalia, see the site at www.freebsdmall.com/promotional/.

If you want to mass produce the daemon on Tshirts, CDROM's, or other products you need to request permission in advance. In general, I require that the daemon be used in an appropriate way. This means that it has to be something related to BSD and not expropriated as a company logo (though I do allow companies with BSD-based products such as Walnut Creek CDROM or BSDI to use it). I regret having to be so legalistic about the daemon, but I almost lost the daemon to a certain large company because I failed to show due diligence in protecting it. So, I've taken due diligence seriously since then.

      Marshall Kirk McKusick


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