Re: [PATCH] add exFAT driver

From: Anton Altaparmakov
Date: Thu Sep 26 2013 - 04:13:33 EST


On 25 Sep 2013, at 23:29, Alexander Holler <holler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Am 26.09.2013 00:10, schrieb Greg Kroah-Hartman:
>> Please stick to technical discussions about the code on the kernel
>> mailing lists. Legal discussions can be left up to the lawyers, of
>> which we are not.
> Hmm, but I would like to know if someone has to fear getting owned by
> Microsoft if he would use that driver.
> Giving the rumours about Linux companies having to pay Microsoft and
> giving the fact that all of those licencees seem to don't have to speak
> about what Microsoft claims patents for and for what they have to pay, I
> obviously think adding that driver to Linux and thus making exFAT more
> general accepted is a very bad idea.
> Of course, I'm not a lawyer too, but as a responsible Linux developer, I
> should at least be able to warn other parities when they approach me and
> want to use exFAT. Doing such without the maybe necessary license might
> drive small companies into the ground because most of them are unable to
> even think about having the money needed to talk with Microsoft lawyers
> in front of a court.

Exactly. That is all I was trying to do. Warn people/companies not to use the driver because they may get sued for using it. As the below Microsoft exFAT licensing page says at the bottom:

Please note that open source or other publicly available implementations of exFAT do not include an IP license from Microsoft. For licensing information, please contact IPlicreq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Above is from bottom of:

Best regards,

Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at> (replace at with @)
Unix Support, Computing Service, University of Cambridge
J.J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0RB, UK

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