Re: TG3 firmware report...
> they may have released it under the GPL, but there's a strong case for
> arguing that they're in violation of their own licensing terms for not
> providing the source code to the firmware blobs. if they were in fact in
> violation of said terms, debian could not legally distribute the code.
What do you mean by "legally"? Copyright infringement is a tort, and there
is no way they could win an infringement lawsuit against a distributor for
failing to redistribute the source for the blobs when they did not supply
it themselves and yet asserted that the work was under the GPL.
The real risk (if any) is of being sued by a kernel author.