Re: Bug#411617: ITP: ivtv-firmware -- firmware for the ivtv kernel driver
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On 02/21/07 00:59, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-02-20 at 18:51 -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 06:06:45PM -0500, Edward Allcutt wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2007-02-20 at 07:26 +0000, Ian Campbell wrote:
>>>> 2. You may not copy, modify, rent, sell, distribute or transfer
>>>> any part of the Firmware except as provided in this Agreement, and
>>>> you agree to prevent unauthorized copying of the Firmware.
>>> I'm not sure how the Debian project can prevent unauthorized copying...
>> I thought that as well, but it appears that they clause is part of the
>> end user license agreement. Since Debian is not an end user, rather an
>> ISV in their terms, that clause does not specifically apply to Debian.
> How about individual mirror operators? They should not be prevented
> from using this software because they also distribute it.
> (Why do companies care about "unauthorised" copying of firmware that's
> essential to and only useful for their hardware? I've never understood
> this. Perhaps it's something the lawyers put in by default.)
Unauthorized copying seems to mean "copy it so you can disassemble
and reverse engineer the driver".
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