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Re: qlogic firmware license

On Sat, 09 Jul 2005 01:11:46 +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:

> On Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:01:14 -0400 Andres Salomon wrote:
>> On Fri, 08 Jul 2005 01:59:25 +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
>> The reason for the dual licensing is because they have OEMs that would
>> need to re-qualify (that may be the incorrect wording, I forget what
>> they said, and it was a phone conversation so it's not in an inbox
>> anywhere) the driver if the license changes.  That's a pain for
>> everyone involved, and would take several months.  So, by
>> dual-licensing, the OEMs can continue using the driver and firmware
>> under the GPL (invalid or not),
> and thus violating QLogic copyright?

Yep.  They have the legal team to defend themselves from lawsuits; we do
not.  Therefore, we will take the safe route.

>> while we (Debian) can choose to use it
>> under a BSD-alike license.
> Well, with a BSDish license, we have permission to distribute, yes, so
> we can put this package in non-free.
> We cannot go beyond that, though: main and contrib are off-limits for a
> sourceless package.
> But that is surely clear to you...

Yep, they have no intention of making the source available; that was my
first suggestion. :)

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