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    SubjectRe: [PATCHv4 08/13] USB: gadget: g_serial: INF file updated
    >> I dunno, obviously I want to make everything according to law to avoid
    >> any problems. Maybe we should contact someone at The Software Freedom
    >> Law Center or some similar entity?

    On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 16:59:46 +0200, Greg KH <greg@kroah.com> wrote:
    > Ick, no, that's not needed here.

    Still I had a chat on IRC with a person who knows copyright law rather
    well[1] which pointed me to a few things. ;)


    > Take the copyright off if this is something that _you_ wrote. If you
    > copied it from somewhere and modified it, say where you copied it from,
    > and show the rights that allowed you to copy it.
    >
    > Where exactly did you get it from originally?

    The RNDIS template was taken from:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff570620.aspx

    The CDC ACM was sent by Xiaofan Chen who said that it is probably
    taken indirectly form MSDN as well.


    The MSDN TOS reads:
    > If Microsoft makes any code marked as “sample” available on this
    > Web Site without a License Agreement, then that code is licensed
    > to you under the terms of the Microsoft Limited Public License.

    Where the MLPL can be found at:
    <http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/cc300389.aspx#MLPL>. It seems like
    a perfectly legal free software license except point 3(F):

    > (F) Platform Limitation- The licenses granted in sections 2(A) & 2(B)
    > extend only to the software or derivative works that you create that
    > run on a Microsoft Windows operating system product.

    Also, 3(D) requires that the whole license is included:
    > (D) If you distribute any portion of the software in source code form,
    > you may do so only under this license by including a complete copy of
    > this license with your distribution. If you distribute any portion of
    > the software in compiled or object code form, you may only do so under
    > a license that complies with this license.

    Therefore, shall we include the license along with the INFs and ignore
    the fact it's not fully free software?

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    [1] I'm deliberately not using the word "lawyer" here not I give the
    person's name as to not make an impression that it was a legal
    advice or to make him in any way liable. This was *not* a legal
    advice.
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