Re: [PATCH 1/2] firmware: Correct attribution of Sierra WirelessCIS files
From: Ben Hutchings
Date: Fri Mar 05 2010 - 18:17:55 EST
On Fri, 2010-03-05 at 20:33 +0900, Ken Kawasaki wrote:
> > The only source I can find for these files is
> > <http://www.sierrawireless.com/resources/faq/PC_Card/AirCard555/Aircard_Linux.tar> linked from <https://sierrawireless.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/179/kw/linux>.
> SierraWireless provides the CIS by GPL (see URL below).
The text 'GNU General Public License' links to GPL version *3*, and
would also have done so in 2008 when that page was apparently first
> Yes. The files below are not developed by the pcmcia-cs project
> but provided by SierraWireless.
So, assuming that these files are copyrightable, your patch to add them
violated the conditions of the licence on at least three grounds:
1. The Linux source tree does not include a copy of the GPL version 3
2. These files are identified as licenced under 'GPL' which in the
context of Linux implies version 2
3. The copyright holder is not identified correctly
To avoid confusing people, I do not think we should add a copy of GPLv3
to the tree. I will therefore submit a patch to remove these files. I
will submit a separate patch for linux-firmware to fix copyright
Q. Which is the greater problem in the world today, ignorance or apathy?
A. I don't know and I couldn't care less.
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