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From: Dan Williams <dcbw@redhat.com>
To: Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>
Cc: Daniel Hazelton <dhazelton@enter.net>,
	Ivo van Doorn <ivdoorn@gmail.com>,
	Luis Correia <luis.f.correia@gmail.com>,
	kernel list <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-wireless@vger.kernel.org,
	rt2400-devel@lists.sourceforge.net, mwallis@serialmonkey.com
Subject: Re: rt73usb: support for wireless in Kohjinsha subnotebook
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 10:05:12 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1193148312.8648.17.camel@localhost.localdomain> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20071022220000.GH28190@elf.ucw.cz>

On Tue, 2007-10-23 at 00:00 +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> > > > Yes, I'm quite sure. There's MODULE_LICENCE("GPL"), IIRC.
> > >
> > > That doesn't say much, some manufacturers add that line to their driver
> > >  just to prevent the module loader complaining about a non-GPL driver...
> > >
> > > There should be a copyright notice or a license file accompanied with
> > > the driver that clearly states the license of the driver.
> > 
> > Lacking an explicitly stated license it can be argued that, since the 
> > MODULE_LICENSE() macro is meant to define the actual license on the code, 
> > this code is GPL. No, it isn't an explicit definition, but lacking any other 
> > signs of the license, the implicit declaration of it being GPL is (or should 
> > be) enough to deflect charges of copyright infringement.
> 
> Yep, I believe this driver is GPLed. They published the source and
> there's nothing to suggest otherwise, and there's explicit:
> 
> #define DRIVER_AUTHOR                   "Jeff Lee<YY_Lee@issc.com.tw>"
> #define DRIVER_DESC                             "IS89C35 802.11bg WLAN USB Driver"
> MODULE_LICENSE("GPL");

If there isn't an explicit COPYING or LICENSE file or something
distributed with the driver, and if there aren't copyright/license
headers at the top of the files in question, I have a hard time agreeing
that MODULE_LICENSE("GPL") _definitely_ means that the author has GPL-ed
the driver intentionally.  Of course that's the way it's supposed to
work, but to me this doesn't pass sufficient muster to be definitely
called GPL without additional clarification.

Dan



  parent reply	other threads:[~2007-10-23 14:06 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 30+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-10-20 18:41 Pavel Machek
2007-10-20 22:12 ` [Rt2400-devel] " Ivo van Doorn
2007-10-21  9:20   ` Pavel Machek
2007-10-21 13:56     ` Ivo van Doorn
2007-10-21  9:21   ` Pavel Machek
2007-10-21 13:49     ` Ivo van Doorn
2007-10-21 11:38       ` Pavel Machek
2007-10-21 14:09         ` Ivo van Doorn
2007-10-21 11:58           ` Luis Correia
2007-10-21 15:02 ` Luis Correia
2007-10-21 20:04   ` ISSC W89C35 802.11bg (was Re: rt73usb: support for wireless in Kohjinsha subnotebook) Pavel Machek
2007-10-22  0:09   ` rt73usb: support for wireless in Kohjinsha subnotebook Pavel Machek
2007-10-22 15:44     ` Dan Williams
2007-10-22 21:13       ` Pavel Machek
2007-10-22 21:52         ` Ivo van Doorn
2007-10-22 21:42           ` Daniel Hazelton
2007-10-22 22:00             ` Pavel Machek
2007-10-23  9:08               ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-10-23  9:11                 ` Luis Correia
2007-10-30 11:22                 ` Licensing of IS89C35 WLAN USB driver [was Re: rt73usb: support for wireless in Kohjinsha subnotebook] Pavel Machek
2007-10-30 15:11                   ` Dan Williams
2007-10-31  0:25                     ` Pavel Machek
2007-11-04 19:00                     ` Pavel Machek
2007-10-23 14:05               ` Dan Williams [this message]
2007-10-23 17:07                 ` rt73usb: support for wireless in Kohjinsha subnotebook Daniel Hazelton
2007-10-23 18:54                   ` Dan Williams
2007-10-23 19:41                     ` Daniel Hazelton
2007-10-23 21:27                       ` Dan Williams
2007-10-23 22:19                         ` Daniel Hazelton
2007-10-23 16:13           ` Arjan van de Ven

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