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Received verbatim from Kirk McKusick 2nd March 2001
Statement on the Use of the BSD Daemon Figure:

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

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
    or via email at

If you are looking for daemon images or daemon shirts, a pictorial
history of the daemon and daemon shirts are available at my site, If you are looking for daemon badges,
see the site at For other
paraphanalia, see the site at

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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