Formal license ambiguity in arch/arm/boot/dts/sun?i-a*.dts

Hans de Goede hdegoede at
Tue Sep 2 07:42:19 PDT 2014


On 09/02/2014 02:51 PM, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 02, 2014 at 02:35:18PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>> So I guess like Chen-Yu suggested that we should change the license of
>>> the DTSI first, and then the DTS. Otherwise, it wouldn't work very
>>> well, I guess you can't really relicense a GPL-only file.
>> IANAL, but mixing MIT (which I suggest use as the other license) and GPL
>> files in one binary (the generated dtb file) is fine AFAIK, this happens
>> all the time. The resulting binary is simple GPL licensed. So it would
>> make sense to start with dual licensing new boards right away even before
>> the dtsi has been relicensed. It won't make any practical difference
>> until the dtsi is relicensed, but it means less work later on.
> So you're allowed to licence derivative work of a GPL-licenced file
> under both the GPL and another licence?

Since the board files do not start as copies of the dtsi file, but
merely include it they are not derivative (IANAL), the resulting
dtb file however very much is and as such is GPL only.



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