Kirk McKusick has graciously allowed us the use of our modified Beastie logo.

> From: Mike Patterson <>
> Subject: BSD beastie use
> To:
> Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 15:59:20 -0500
> X-ASK-Info: Confirmed by User
> Hi Marshall, I'm wondering if an image of your Beastie on the
> background of our school shield would be an acceptable use.  I have
> a FreeBSD twiki, which is currently view-restricted to on-campus
> people, for which I'd like to use the Beastie logo.  (Eventually
> I'd like to make the FreeBSD section publicly viewable, but we've
> got some other issues I need to resolve first.  Anyway.)
> You can see what I'm proposing at
> and our "real" school logo is on front page of
> I won't use it unless you give it the OK.  If that modification is not
> acceptable, then would using the plain beastie be ok?
> Thanks,
> Mike Patterson
> CSCF-RSG, University of Waterloo

I prefer that the BSD Daemon be used in the context of BSD software.
Clearly your usage qualifies. Your proposed modification of the logo
is in good taste and is approved. I request that you add a link from the
daemon (or at least from some place on your web page) to my copyright
message as described in the usage policy below.


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 (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD,
or BSD utilities) in your Intranet environment, then use of the
daemon is appropriate. If you are a Microsoft or Linux 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:

or simply include 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
paraphernalia, see the site at

If you want to mass produce the daemon on T-shirts, 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
FreeBSD Mall or Daemon News 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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