pci.ids license

Adam Jackson ajax at nwnk.net
Tue Sep 13 19:18:59 PDT 2005

On Tuesday 13 September 2005 21:57, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> I went to check today for an update to the pci.ids file we ship in
> the Xorg source.   When diff'ing the new version against the old
> I saw this line was added:
> #       This file can be distributed under either the GNU General Public
> License #       (version 2 or higher) or under the BSD License.
> Previously this file had no license, but it's mostly just a data file,
> and doesn't even have a copyright notice.   Is the above informal license
> going to annoy anyone if I commit the updated version to Xorg HEAD?
> (Can we assume he means the modern BSD license, sans advertising clause?
>   I believe that's a generally acceptable license for Xorg contents.)

3-clause BSD is fine.  I would ask the pciids maintainers though.

It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to copyright the PCI ID list, since it's 
a list of facts, and facts in principle aren't subject to copyright.

- ajax
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