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licence verification for the Bewan ADSL modem driver.

Hello, ...

Some time ago i asked a question about a driver containing proprietary
closed source code.

I now got a licence proposal from Bewan :

Program code and documentation are
(C) Copyright 2002 BeWAN systems
All rights reserved.

This package is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

In addition, as a special exception, BeWAN systems gives permission 
to link the code of this program with the modem SW library 
(modem_ant_PCI.o, modem_ant_USB.o), and distribute linked combinations 
including the two. You must obey the GNU General Public License in all 
respects for all of the code used other than the modem SW library.

See the file COPYING.GPL for details.

The response i got from this list at the time was that it was ok to
licence the code under the GPL and to add an additional exception for
the proprietary part like is done here, in order to put the package into

I distribute only the source in a debian conform
kernel-module-source package.

So, is there something wrong with the wording of this licence or
something other i did miss ?

BTW, i think there is, since this allow us to distribute the binary
package but not the not linked proprietary part, right ?


Sven Luther

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