Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 11:59 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Linux KernelTrap reports on an interesting discussion on the lkml. The specific topic is the legality of the ACX1xx wireless driver, which, according to Andrew Morton, will be included in the next kernel release (2.6.18). Jeff Garzik opened the discussion: "I've never had technical objections to merging this, just AFAIK it had a highly questionable origin, namely being reverse-engineered in a non-clean-room environment that might leave Linux legally vulnerable." Christopher Hellwig posed an interesting point: "Please don't let this reverse engineering idiocy hinder wireless driver adoption, we're already falling far behind OpenBSD who are very successfully reverse engineering lots of wireless chipsets."
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RE[2]: Reverse Engineering
by Tweek on Tue 13th Jun 2006 14:02 UTC in reply to "Reverse Engineering"
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That license wont apply to many people though. They reverse engineer it with the clean room approach and give the specs to someone else.

Not much can be done, you cant apply a license to someone when their laws dont allow for click thru licenses.

Many people in the world can legally ignore that license and reverse engineer it. Then give those specs to someone (who would normally be required to abide by the license, but whom the license no longer applies to since they never actually touched the original licensed driver)

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