Can I change the name of the BSD 3-clause project and its binary name?

To be specific, I have forked EACopy with a BSD 3-clause license. Its project name and binary name are the same, EACopy. I would like to rename the project name to YARCopy, and its resulting binary name to YARCopy.

Thanks in advance.

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Yes, you can change both the name of the project and the name of the executable.

The 3-clause BSD license gives you permission to make changes to the project and that includes the changes you want to make.

Additionally, if you fork a project with the intention of maintaining it as a separate, independent project, then it is recommended to change the project's name to avoid causing confusion with the original project. Some projects even have a trademark on their project name, in which case you have to change it or obtain a separate permission to keep using the trademarked name.

  • Thanks. I ran across the "Additionally, ..." issue. Renci on GitHub. I was looking at a fork instead of the original. It was confusing. Thanks again. Jun 5, 2020 at 18:04

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