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."../../hiltonbsdcom/freebsd/
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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