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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RE: Theo is wrong
by TheMonoTone on Fri 6th Apr 2007 15:01 UTC in reply to "Theo is wrong"
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2006-01-01

If you bother to read the list, as I have, you'd see that someone made a mistake of copying. No doubt thats somewhat of a big blunder to make, copying GPL code, I won't even begin to argue that one. Theo tends to exasperate on the mailing lists no doubt.

The big point he made though, which I agree with, the public ousting should've gone private first then public. It appears the developers of the BCM linux driver had no intention of firing off a curteous warning shot. No, they as Theo put it, went right for the jugular of public humiliation.

Should all be forgiven for what appears to be blatent copying and relicensing? No, of course not.

Should this have been in the public view without a curteous warning? I think no, others may differ on that. It could've easily been resolved privately before any of this hoobla ever hit the street

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RE[2]: Theo is wrong
by Tweek on Sat 7th Apr 2007 01:52 in reply to "RE: Theo is wrong"
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2006-01-12

I find the "copied by mistake" arguement to be total bullshit, that simply shouldnt happen. That is blatant lie first of all...

"No, they as Theo put it, went right for the jugular of public humiliation." i find this bit humorous, the pot calling the kettle black. Doesnt make it any more right, but lets not pretend that theo would have been level headed about it, as another poster said, fire and brim stone would have been involved and i believe it.

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RE[3]: Theo is wrong
by TheMonoTone on Sat 7th Apr 2007 02:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Theo is wrong"
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2006-01-01

Actually I'd say it's pretty plausible the "copied in to CVS by mistake" reason is legitimate. Working on code like a driver, Marcus may have simply used some of the working functions in his personal home development to test out his own functions. Mistakenly he may have added the wrong file or commited the file without much thought simply thinking "someone else should test out what I have." To repeat what Theo and Marcus (the developer) in the list already agreed, they did in fact make a mistake and copy the code and would remove it. The real issue is more so the public way in which this was done.

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