Strawman licensing policy
alexdeucher at gmail.com
Tue Sep 21 08:52:44 PDT 2004
On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 11:48:07 -0400, Adam Jackson <ajax at nwnk.net> wrote:
> On Tuesday 21 September 2004 11:16, Matthieu Herrb wrote:
> > Jim Gettys wrote:
> > > Strawman policy on X.org licensing
> > > ==================================
> > > Jim Gettys
> > > 9/20/2004 version .1
> > I fully agree with this policy.
> > Licensing on parts of X should not prevent it from being ported and
> > distributed as part of the different systems that use X.
> > In particular, the kernel drivers should have a liberal enough license
> > that allows one to port them (or write the corresponding bits from
> > scratch using the existing code as documentation) without causing any
> > licensing trouble, for free or non free systems.
> This last is the sticky bit. It's never been clear to me how much someone
> reimplementing GPL code has to distance themselves from the code they're
> reimplementing. Is anyone enough of a lawyer to clarify that?
driver code can be a bit tough. I mean in most cases there is one way
to do something set bits X, Y, Z, clear bits, A,B,C. so I think you
are ok so long as you don't cut and paste the code. OTOH, IANAL.
Perhaps Thomas could comment?
> - ajax
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