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

Greg KH greg@wirex.com
Tue Apr 24 13:58:32 PDT 2001


On Tue, Apr 24, 2001 at 01:56:14PM -0400, Jay Sulzberger wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Apr 2001, Greg KH wrote:
> > So what kind of wording should a company put on a chunk of binary
> > firmware that they need to get downloaded by a driver into their device,
> > and they need this image to be linked into the kernel?  They aren't
> > willing to open up the firmware source to the world, but they are
> > documenting the interface to their device and the firmware.
> >

<nice treaty on the benefits of "free" licenses snipped>

You didn't answer my question :)

Again, if a company will not release the source code to their firmware,
what kind of license can they put on the compiled binary that is
acceptable to be placed into the Linux kernel?

Preaching free licenses about firmware source doesn't work in this
real-world situation.

greg k-h
(watching to see if Debian has fun hacking hacking up the kernel source
 tree...)



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