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SubjectRe: Binary firmware in the kernel - licensing issues.
Alan Cox wrote:
> On Maw, 2003-05-06 at 16:42, Simon Kelley wrote:
>>Then, as you say, I need to know if the kernel developers have given
>>permission to distribute a work which combines Atmel's blob with
>>their source.[1]
> Either the GPL does or it doesn't.
> Na.. firmware stuff needs sorting out, but from the conversations I've
> seem so far that involved people with a knowledge of law thats by
> putting the firmware out of the kernel entirely

Either the GPL allows this or it doesn't or maybe it is just not clear.
If it is in fact silent or ambiguous on the issue then Linus is a much
more useful resource than Lawyers. If he pronounces firmware blobs OK
and doesn't get sued by a significant number of the other copyright
holders then the decision is set. Similary it's unlikely that anyone
else would risk it if Linus says it is not OK.

Same procedure as that which caused Linus's "Binary-only modules can
link to the kernel without voilating the GPL" pronouncement.




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