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Re: How long is it acceptable to leave *undistributable* files in the kernel package?

Michael Poole <mdpoole@troilus.org> wrote:

>> [firmware as mere aggregation]
>>> Kernel copyright holders think otherwise, as do many other people.
> A little Google shows that Yggdrasil has made such an argument:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2001/04/msg00130.html
> Unfortunately for Mr. Richter, Linux does not seem to contain any
> copyright notices attributable to him or Yggdrasil before 2000.  As I
> cited elsewhere, this is at least FOUR YEARS after firmware was
> included in the kernel, so he cannot fairly claim infringement.  He
> should have known that binary firmware existed in the kernel before.

Is this relevant? He contributed code to a GPL'ed project, assuming that
all of the project meets the license requirements. Do you expect every
contributor to check the copyright status of every file in the project? 

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster, Biozentrum der Univ. Basel
Abt. Biophysikalische Chemie

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