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SubjectRe: Fwd: Copyright infringement in linux/drivers/usb/serial/keyspan*fw.h
On Fri, May 25, 2001 at 01:59:08AM -0400, Albert D. Cahalan wrote:
> If a driver writes 0x63f30e44 (4 bytes) to the card, no problem?
> Fine, how about 0x52e590a84fc8231e (8 bytes) then? You can see
> where this is leading I hope: 200 kB is perfectly fine.

Yes, I thought this way at first. However, the GPL is actually quite
explicit about defining source code:
The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
making modifications to it.

That means that if you modify your string of bytes in a hex editor,
it's not a problem. But if (as in the case of firmware) you create the
strings from secret, undistributed source files, then according to the
GPL the strings are not source code. Since the source code is
unavailable, that makes them non-free. You can see where this leads...
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