Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Apr 2007 13:14 UTC, submitted by detonator
OpenBSD "I, Michael Buesch, am one of the maintainers of the GPL'd Linux wireless LAN driver for the Broadcom chip (bcm43xx). The Copyright holders of bcm43xx (which includes me) want to talk to you, OpenBSD bcw developers, about possible GPL license and therefore copyright violations in your bcw driver. We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license)." The entire thread can be found here.
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tsuraan
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2006-01-16

I'm with Theo on this one. The best way to get licence compliance is to talk to someone privately first. Telling the world is the last step.

While I do agree that this could have (should have) been handled much more maturely, it did need to be publicized that the re-licensed code was taken from a GPL'd project and re-licensed illegally. People freely "borrow" BSD-licensed code whenever they see it; the Linux bcm authors didn't want that happening to their code, since that's not the license they chose to use. It would have been nice if they had given the BSD contributor a chance to correct and publicize his own action though...

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