[linux-elitists] Fwd: Copyright infringement in linux/drivers/usb/serial/keyspan*fw.h

Aaron Lehmann aaronl@vitelus.com
Sun Apr 22 15:34:58 PDT 2001


This concerns me.

I'm not sure why it hasn't got any attention yet.

Is Linux proprietary software?

----- Forwarded message from "Adam J. Richter" <adam@yggdrasil.com> -----

From: "Adam J. Richter" <adam@yggdrasil.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 12:53:48 -0700
To: debian-legal@lists.debian.org
Subject: Copyright infringement in linux/drivers/usb/serial/keyspan*fw.h


	Linus's Linux kernel releases from 2.3.50 through the latest
test release (2.4.4-pre6) contain GPL-incompatible "firmware" images
for "EZUSB" devices in linux/drivers/usb/serial/keyspan*fw.h, which
are #included into drivers which contain GPL'ed code, even when compiled
as modules.

	I believe this infringinges the copyrights of the authors
of the code used in these drivers who released their code under GPL.
Alan Cox, has gone on a campaign claiming that this is "mere aggregation"
and insists that I bring in the lawyers to prove him otherwise.  I
really do not want to take this step, but he is forcing my hand.  Note
that Yggdrasil is a copyright owner in this case.

	To simplify removal of the offending code, I have provided
a separate user level facility that can use the USB "hot plugging"
system to automatically load that "firmware" or any other.  The USB serial
maintainer already plans to switch to it in 2.5, and has tested it and
verified that it works.  The software and a kernel patch to remove
the offending code is FTPable from
ftp://ftp.yggdrasil.com/pub/dist/device_control/ezusb/.  The kernel patch
also moves the "whiteheat" code loading into the same user space utility,
just for technical reasons, even though that code can apparently be legally
included in the kernel.  Note that even without this software, the EZUSB
firmware can apparently be loaded by other facilities or from other
operating systems.

	Here is what people involved in Debian should do:

		1. Make sure that no Debian release or snapshot that
		   includes a kernel from 2.3.50 through the current
		   one (don't know if there are any yet) includes
		   linux/drivers/usb/serial/keyspan*fw.h.  By the way,
		   even if there were no legal liability, these files
		   could not be in the "free" part of Debian, if I
		   read the Debian Free Software "Guidelines" correctly.

		2. Possibly include the user level software FTPable from
		   Yggdrasil, although be warned that that code will probably
		   be replaced in the near future to use an input file
		   format more compatible with other development tools used
		   for EZUSB 8051 microcontroller software development.

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