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Re: are GPLed sourceless firmwares legal to distribute ?

On 10/5/06, ldoolitt@recycle.lbl.gov <ldoolitt@recycle.lbl.gov> wrote:
Frank -
> So the real question is whether we want to do that, whether in the
> particular cases there's in fact any doubt, etc.

In making the list, I left off all cases where I had any doubt.
I am not perfect, but I have plenty of experience using and writing
firmware of many kinds.  I would be very surprised if any of the
listed firmware is not derived from a human-legible design file of
one form or another.

So while it is perhaps a polite excuse that "we don't know for sure
if these thousands of bytes of hex code were ever compiled from source",
no sane person would bet against it.

I don't think "polite excuse" is proper term for this.

IMHO it's a blatant attempt to knowingly violate the copyright law
without actually admitting the violation.

But unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much I could actually do in
this case to stop this. I'll try to do what I can by voicing my
opposition to this as a user of Debian.

Hopefully (but I doubt this) someone in Debian will get sued for this
violation in Etch, to stop such a behaviour in the future.

Markus Laire
Disclaimer: IANAL, IANADD

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