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

On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 08:41:32PM +0100, Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
> 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?

Maybe there can be an exception because the code is not run on the host
but on the device?

CC'ing debian-legal.


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