Re: [PATCH 0/3] ACPI: parse the SPCR table
From: One Thousand Gnomes
Date: Wed Jan 27 2016 - 08:46:57 EST
On Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:17:52 +0300
Aleksey Makarov <aleksey.makarov@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 01/25/2016 07:11 PM, Peter Hurley wrote:
> > On 01/25/2016 03:45 AM, Aleksey Makarov wrote:
> >> This patchset is based on the patchset by Leif Lindholm 
> >> 'ARM Server Base Boot Requirements'  mention SPCR
> >> (Serial Port Console Redirection Table)  as a mandatory
> >> ACPI table that specifies the configuration of serial console.
> >> Licensing concerns have prevented implementing it in the past, but as of
> >> 10 August 2015, these tables have both been released also under
> >> OWF 1.0 .
> > This license has a patent retaliation provision, which makes it
> > incompatible with GPLv2.
> > *If the license applies to this code*, then this patch set does not
> > meet the criteria for submission.
> The license applies not to this code but to the document describing the tables.
> Here is an excerpt from it:
> Patent Notice:
> Microsoft is making certain patent rights available for implementations of this specification under two options:
> 1) Microsoftâs Community Promise, available at
> http://www.microsoft.com/openspecifications/en/us/programs/community-promise/default.aspx; or
> 2) The Open Web Foundation Final Specification Agreement Version 1.0 ("OWF 1.0")
> as of October 1, 2012, available at http://www.openwebfoundation.org/legal/the-owf-1-0-agreements/owfa-1-0.
> I believe that it means that the patch set meets the criteria for submission. Am I right?
This is not a forum for legal advice. I would suggest that Linaro
discusses it privately with the Linux Foundation and Linus and does so
under attorney-client privilege. The Linux Foundation does have some
reasons to exist.