[LinuxBIOS] data sheet licensing (was: Re: [PATCH] Call for help: superiotool)

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Mon Oct 8 16:44:53 CEST 2007

On 06.10.2007 18:50, Uwe Hermann wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 05, 2007 at 06:10:36PM -0400, Robinson Tryon wrote:
>> On 10/5/07, Uwe Hermann <uwe at hermann-uwe.de> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Oct 05, 2007 at 07:15:02PM +0200, Rasmus Wiman wrote:
>>>> Signed-off-by: Rasmus Wiman <rasmus at wiman.org>
>>> Thanks, committed in r2828 with some very small cosmetic changes.
>>> I also added you to the Copyright owner list at the top of the file.
>> Should I be adding myself to the copyright owner list at the top of
>> the files when I add dump support for chips?  I assumed that copying
>> the tables from the datasheets wouldn't be "creative" enough for me to
>> assert a copyright on the commit...
> Hm, I think you're right. I acted a bit too fast by adding you to the
> Copyright header, sorry. However, we should still give proper credit to
> all contributors, so maybe we add a THANKS or AUTHORS file (or a section
> in the README file)?
> Opinions?

Can we split code/tables to different files? That way, we can make it
clear what was copied from data sheets and what was original work.

Besides that, some time in the future part vendors may decide that they
don't like parts of their data sheets copied under licenses we decide.
The current situation is pretty much a grey area and I'd like to make
sure we don't get any cease-and-desist letters for superiotool.


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