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    David Schwartz <davids@webmaster.com> wrote:
    > > Two of the specific arguments I've heard are (a) that the board (and
    > > its hardware interfaces that the documentation would describe) involve
    > > IP licensed from a third party, which the board manufacturer does not
    > > have a legal right to disclose,

    > If they can't disclose it, they can't sell it. If they can't sell it, it's
    > fraud to tell someone that they can buy it. If a contract with a third party
    > limits your ability to sell something to someone, you have to *tell* *them*
    > that they do not get all of the rights of ownership because you don't own
    > some of them and hence can't transfer them.

    They aren't /selling/ you the rights to the driver, just charging you for
    its /use/.

    [...]

    > > or (b) that there is, in fact, no
    > > suitable documentation, because the boards are developed somewhat
    > > fluidly and the driver is developed directly from low-level knowledge
    > > that simply isn't written down in a form suitable for passing on.

    > You can't sell something that doesn't exist. If you sell a car even though
    > you can't explain how anyone could drive it, that's fraud.

    Nonsense.

    [...]

    > > If you're building products with no expectation of supporting outside
    > > driver developers, both of those are quite possible.

    > And they're both quite fraudulent. You cannot both sell something and keep
    > its construction a secret.

    It is quite regularly done, so this argument won't fly.
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