Re: [PATCHv4 08/13] USB: gadget: g_serial: INF file updated

From: MichaÅ Nazarewicz
Date: Wed Jun 09 2010 - 11:52:28 EST

On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:33:51 +0200, Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The RNDIS template was taken from:

The CDC ACM was sent by Xiaofan Chen who said that it is probably
taken indirectly form MSDN as well.

Ok, and not from the Windows DDK, right? That has a different license
than MSDN.

RNDIS is from MSDN for sure. As of serial, I couldn't find it there.

The MSDN TOS reads:
>If Microsoft makes any code marked as âsampleâ available on this
>Web Site without a License Agreement, then that code is licensed
>to you under the terms of the Microsoft Limited Public License.

Where the MLPL can be found at:
<>. It seems like
a perfectly legal free software license except point 3(F):

>(F) Platform Limitation- The licenses granted in sections 2(A) & 2(B)
>extend only to the software or derivative works that you create that
>run on a Microsoft Windows operating system product.

Also, 3(D) requires that the whole license is included:
>(D) If you distribute any portion of the software in source code form,
>you may do so only under this license by including a complete copy of
>this license with your distribution. If you distribute any portion of
>the software in compiled or object code form, you may only do so under
>a license that complies with this license.

Therefore, shall we include the license along with the INFs and ignore
the fact it's not fully free software?

No, it's not "software" here, and it is abiding by the license of the
MLPL as you don't run that file on any non-Windows machine.

Well... According to the license (if we assume the license apply to the
INF template) it is "software":
This license governs use of code marked as âsampleâ available on this
Web Site without a License Agreement , as provided under the Section
If you use such code (the âsoftwareâ), you accept this license.

On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:33:51 +0200, Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
How about putting the following on the file:
; based on a example .inf file that was:
; Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation
; and released under the MLPL as found at
; For use only on Windows operating systems.

Interesting that they don't put a date on the copyright.

With that wording, I'd be glad to take it.

If no one sees any legal issues here I can change the patch accordingly.
I'm more and more confused by the whole issue. ;)

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