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Re: licence verification for the Bewan ADSL modem driver.

On Fri, Dec 13, 2002 at 05:58:33PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:

> ------------------------------------
> 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
> debian/non-free.

> 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 ?

Do we have permission to redistribute modem_ant_PCI.o and
modem_ant_USB.o?  That's the only thing I don't see in this license.  Is
that permission granted elsewhere?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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