Re: Binary-only firmware covered by the GPL?

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Thu Mar 25 2004 - 17:53:26 EST

On Thu, Mar 25, 2004 at 05:31:53PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Well IANAL, but it seems not so cut-n-dried, at least.
> Firmware is a program that executes on another processor, so no linking
> is taking place at all. It is analagous to shipping a binary-only
> program in your initrd, IMO.

My point in this mail was a bit "besides the main firmware discussion":

I was not asking whether it's OK to ship this file in the kernel
sources, I was asking whether the contents of the file is really under
the GPL as stated in the header of this file if it contains this binary



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