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: Reverse Engineering
by dylansmrjones on Tue 13th Jun 2006 17:48 UTC in reply to "Reverse Engineering"
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For example, to just DOWNLOAD nvidia drivers, you have to agree to a licence, which includes a "I promise not to reverse engineer..." section.

This doesn't mean much in countries where you have a specific right to reverse engineer.

The MS EULA is mostly void in Denmark, since the copyright is pretty much limited to distribution (e.g. "copying").

What I do with it on my own machine is my decision, and whatever knowledge I trip over, is shareable as I see fit. However I cannot distribute the original driver, unless the license grants me that right. I can however do pretty much anything else, no matter the license.

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