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

On Thu, Nov 20, 2003 at 08:43:10AM +0100, Philipp Matthias Hahn wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 08:42:25PM +0100, Oliver Kurth wrote:
> > Maybe there can be an exception because the code is not run on the host
> > but on the device?
> Perhaps taking a look at the copyright of linuxtv-dvb might be inspiring:
> === /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/copyright ===
> NOTE about the included firmware dump:
> The files Root and Dpram are distributed with the source package. Even if
> they contain binary code, it cannot be executed as part of any other software
> under GPL because of its technical nature. GPL covers these files as prepared
> data accompanying the GPL program.  Their content is to be treated as source
> code.  You may use and distribute it UNDER THE TERMS OF GNU GENERAL PUBLIC
> LICENSE. Contact 'convergence integrated media GmbH'
> <http://www.convergence.de> for any further questions about the creation of
> the firmware files.

Yeah, that's non-free. No right to modify (this application of the GPL
is a no-op).

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