Re: [Linux-fbdev-devel] Re: Re: Announcement: Modification to the base XFree86(TM) license.
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Andrew C Aitchison writes: > As I remember it, the pertinent register information here was reverse > engineered, so it is at least arguable that I'd be copying fbdev > intellectual property here if I'd extracted and reused it. > Perhaps I was wrong, but my understanding from my days in a software > house taught me that I'd be breaking copyright not just by lifting > lines of code, but also by reading the code and copying intellectual > property, including register information. > > Besides there are only a few ways of writing code to twiddle a bit in > a register - I could easily duplicate a line of code while > reconstructing it from the register description, and it would be hard > to prove that I didn't just copy the line directly. > > So, for one developer at least, the reason there has been no traffic > from fbdev to XFree86 is *directly* because of the licence issue. > if at all I would consider this register information the IP of the hardware vendor not of the person who reversed engineered it. Therefore that should not be a GPL issue and you are in the same legal situation as the author of the GPLed code. Egbert. _______________________________________________ Forum mailing list Forum@xxxxxxxxxxx http://XFree86.Org/mailman/listinfo/forum
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