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

On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 08:25:44PM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Oliver Kurth <okurth@gmx.net>
> > > 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
> > Maybe there can be an exception because the code is not run on the host
> > but on the device?
> Who do you imagine making such an exception? The only one who can make
> an exception from the GPL's conditions is the copyright holder. And he
> can make whatever exceptions he likes, irrespective of where the code
> runs.

See, the copyright holder has no problem if those files are distributed.
They will not care. I can also reconfirm this by asking them. So the
problem is if this can still comply with the DFSG. So the exception
should be made by Debian.

If this is not possible, maybe one workaround could be to make the
paxkage without the firmmware files, and put them elsewhere on the
web. So like libdvdread does it.


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