The nmap software contains a combination of the GPL, LGPL and BSD licenses, and does so in a way that adds very specific interpretations and exceptions to the GPL. As a result, it cannot be treated as if it were simply the GPL. This new license is sufficiently more restrictive, and is GPL-incompatible as a result (although, still Free).
The below copy of this license was taken from https://svn.nmap.org/nmap/COPYING on January 21, 2014.
/*************************************************************************** * COPYING -- Describes the terms under which Nmap is distributed. A copy * * of the GNU GPL is appended to this file. * * * ***********************IMPORTANT NMAP LICENSE TERMS************************ * * * The Nmap Security Scanner is (C) 1996-2013 Insecure.Com LLC. Nmap is * * also a registered trademark of Insecure.Com LLC. This program is free * * software; you may redistribute and/or modify it under the terms of the * * GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software * * Foundation; Version 2 ("GPL"), BUT ONLY WITH ALL OF THE CLARIFICATIONS * * AND EXCEPTIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN. This guarantees your right to use, * * modify, and redistribute this software under certain conditions. If * * you wish to embed Nmap technology into proprietary software, we sell * * alternative licenses (contact email@example.com). Dozens of software * * vendors already license Nmap technology such as host discovery, port * * scanning, OS detection, version detection, and the Nmap Scripting * * Engine. * * * * Note that the GPL places important restrictions on "derivative works", * * yet it does not provide a detailed definition of that term. To avoid * * misunderstandings, we interpret that term as broadly as copyright law * * allows. For example, we consider an application to constitute a * * derivative work for the purpose of this license if it does any of the * * following with any software or content covered by this license * * ("Covered Software"): * * * * o Integrates source code from Covered Software. * * * * o Reads or includes copyrighted data files, such as Nmap's nmap-os-db * * or nmap-service-probes. * * * * o Is designed specifically to execute Covered Software and parse the * * results (as opposed to typical shell or execution-menu apps, which will * * execute anything you tell them to). * * * * o Includes Covered Software in a proprietary executable installer. The * * installers produced by InstallShield are an example of this. Including * * Nmap with other software in compressed or archival form does not * * trigger this provision, provided appropriate open source decompression * * or de-archiving software is widely available for no charge. For the * * purposes of this license, an installer is considered to include Covered * * Software even if it actually retrieves a copy of Covered Software from * * another source during runtime (such as by downloading it from the * * Internet). * * * * o Links (statically or dynamically) to a library which does any of the * * above. * * * * o Executes a helper program, module, or script to do any of the above. * * * * This list is not exclusive, but is meant to clarify our interpretation * * of derived works with some common examples. Other people may interpret * * the plain GPL differently, so we consider this a special exception to * * the GPL that we apply to Covered Software. Works which meet any of * * these conditions must conform to all of the terms of this license, * * particularly including the GPL Section 3 requirements of providing * * source code and allowing free redistribution of the work as a whole. * * * * As another special exception to the GPL terms, Insecure.Com LLC grants * * permission to link the code of this program with any version of the * * OpenSSL library which is distributed under a license identical to that * * listed in the included docs/licenses/OpenSSL.txt file, and distribute * * linked combinations including the two. * * * * Any redistribution of Covered Software, including any derived works, * * must obey and carry forward all of the terms of this license, including * * obeying all GPL rules and restrictions. For example, source code of * * the whole work must be provided and free redistribution must be * * allowed. All GPL references to "this License", are to be treated as * * including the terms and conditions of this license text as well. * * * * Because this license imposes special exceptions to the GPL, Covered * * Work may not be combined (even as part of a larger work) with plain GPL * * software. The terms, conditions, and exceptions of this license must * * be included as well. This license is incompatible with some other open * * source licenses as well. In some cases we can relicense portions of * * Nmap or grant special permissions to use it in other open source * * software. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any such requests. * * Similarly, we don't incorporate incompatible open source software into * * Covered Software without special permission from the copyright holders. * * * * If you have any questions about the licensing restrictions on using * * Nmap in other works, are happy to help. As mentioned above, we also * * offer alternative license to integrate Nmap into proprietary * * applications and appliances. These contracts have been sold to dozens * * of software vendors, and generally include a perpetual license as well * * as providing for priority support and updates. They also fund the * * continued development of Nmap. Please email email@example.com for further * * information. * * * * If you have received a written license agreement or contract for * * Covered Software stating terms other than these, you may choose to use * * and redistribute Covered Software under those terms instead of these. * * * * Source is provided to this software because we believe users have a * * right to know exactly what a program is going to do before they run it. * * This also allows you to audit the software for security holes (none * * have been found so far). * * * * Source code also allows you to port Nmap to new platforms, fix bugs, * * and add new features. You are highly encouraged to send your changes * * to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list for possible incorporation into the * * main distribution. By sending these changes to Fyodor or one of the * * Insecure.Org development mailing lists, or checking them into the Nmap * * source code repository, it is understood (unless you specify otherwise) * * that you are offering the Nmap Project (Insecure.Com LLC) the * * unlimited, non-exclusive right to reuse, modify, and relicense the * * code. Nmap will always be available Open Source, but this is important * * because the inability to relicense code has caused devastating problems * * for other Free Software projects (such as KDE and NASM). We also * * occasionally relicense the code to third parties as discussed above. * * If you wish to specify special license conditions of your * * contributions, just say so when you send them. * * * * This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but * * WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of * * MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the Nmap * * license file for more details (it's in a COPYING file included with * * Nmap, and also available from https://svn.nmap.org/nmap/COPYING * * * ***************************************************************************/ GNU General Public License ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents * GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE o Preamble o TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION o How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991 Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc. 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed. Preamble The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. 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If the software is modified by someone else and passed on, we want its recipients to know that what they have is not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original authors' reputations. Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all. The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and modification follow. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION 0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be distributed under the terms of this General Public License. The "Program", below, refers to any such program or work, and a "work based on the Program" means either the Program or any derivative work under copyright law: that is to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it, either verbatim or with modifications and/or translated into another language. (Hereinafter, translation is included without limitation in the term "modification".) Each licensee is addressed as "you". Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the Program is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the Program (independent of having been made by running the Program). Whether that is true depends on what the Program does. 1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the notices that refer to this License and to the absence of any warranty; and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License along with the Program. You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy, and you may at your option offer warranty protection in exchange for a fee. 2. 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If the Program specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and "any later version", you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that version or of any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. If the Program does not specify a version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation. 10. If you wish to incorporate parts of the Program into other free programs whose distribution conditions are different, write to the author to ask for permission. For software which is copyrighted by the Free Software Foundation, write to the Free Software Foundation; we sometimes make exceptions for this. Our decision will be guided by the two goals of preserving the free status of all derivatives of our free software and of promoting the sharing and reuse of software generally. NO WARRANTY 11. BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION. 12. IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR REDISTRIBUTE THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE PROGRAM (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE OF THE PROGRAM TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER PROGRAMS), EVEN IF SUCH HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs If you develop a new program, and you want it to be of the greatest possible use to the public, the best way to achieve this is to make it free software which everyone can redistribute and change under these terms. To do so, attach the following notices to the program. It is safest to attach them to the start of each source file to most effectively convey the exclusion of warranty; and each file should have at least the "copyright" line and a pointer to where the full notice is found. one line to give the program's name and an idea of what it does. Copyright (C) 19yy name of author This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper mail. If the program is interactive, make it output a short notice like this when it starts in an interactive mode: Gnomovision version 69, Copyright (C) 19yy name of author Gnomovision comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `show w'. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; type `show c' for details. The hypothetical commands `show w' and `show c' should show the appropriate parts of the General Public License. Of course, the commands you use may be called something other than `show w' and `show c'; they could even be mouse-clicks or menu items--whatever suits your program. You should also get your employer (if you work as a programmer) or your school, if any, to sign a "copyright disclaimer" for the program, if necessary. Here is a sample; alter the names: Yoyodyne, Inc., hereby disclaims all copyright interest in the program `Gnomovision' (which makes passes at compilers) written by James Hacker. signature of Ty Coon, 1 April 1989 Ty Coon, President of Vice This General Public License does not permit incorporating your program into proprietary programs. If your program is a subroutine library, you may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications with the library. If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Library General Public License instead of this License.