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Re: Bug#221709: ITP: at76c503a-source -- at76c503a driver source

On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 07:52:22PM +0100, Oliver Kurth wrote:
> There may also be issues with the firmware: the source is /not/ GPL'ed, but
> the hex files from Atmel are. I am not sure if this is possible, and if it
> is a problem for Debian to get it into main.

IANAL, but...

If the hex files are GPLed, they are probably not distributable -- hex .c
files probably do not fall into the GPL's definition of source code ("the
preferred form of making alterations"); without the driver source we do not
have the source code and such can't distribute it without violating GPL.
Check with debian-legal, perhaps?

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