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SubjectRe: more files with licenses that aren't GPL-compatible
On Thu, Jun 17, 2004 at 01:22:08PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > WAKE UP!
> >
> > We have files in the kernel we can't distribute.
>
> I do not agree with that statement. Those files were placed in the
> kernel tree in good faith that they could be redistributed. I have the
> email trails to prove it. If the wording is somehow not correct to
> convey this intent, I will be quite willing to fix it.

You can't fix it. Talk to keyspan and get it a 2clause BSD or GPL
header and the problem is solved.

> > Do Adam & me need to ask the vendors and mirrors to take the kernel
> > tarball down first before you react?
>
> Again, I am reacting to the emi26 image. The keyspan dispute I do not
> agree with. We are free to disagree with each other here, but until I
> receive a contrary legal opinion, I will insist that these files remain.

Read through the license, especially:

--
Permission is hereby granted for the distribution of this firmware
image as part of a Linux or other Open Source operating system kernel
in text or binary form as required.
--

"as part of the linux kerrnel" is a violation of the GPL, because I
can't use it in my kernel fork, or hurd if they ever get usb support.
Also note that it doesn't mention modification at all. There's no
way you can legally link it into a GPL'ed program. I don't know what
you're IP lawyer are smoking, but I could count a few laywers I've
talked to that are active in the Free Software and Creative Commons
world that absolutely disagree with you. What you say is basically
the GPL is void and works under it are placed in the public domain.

Got a paycheck from SCO recently?

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