The Philips webcam driver - again
Posted May 5, 2005 4:57 UTC (Thu) by horen
Parent article: The Philips webcam driver - again
by Nemosoft's admission, the non-disclosure agreement which forced the decompression code to be proprietary ran out some time ago. Nemosoft could thus resolve the licensing issues by simply releasing the decompression code under a free license.
Not exactly. The NDA entered into by Nemosoft with Philips expired a while back, but this does not give him a legal or ethical right to release Philips' proprietary code. Nemosoft could, if he so desired, ask Philips for permission to release their code and, if permission was granted, release the code. Better yet would be for Luc Saillard to make that request.
When an NDA expires, it means that the signee needs to resign/renegotiate the agreement with the vendor/developer; it certainly does not mean that the vendor/developer's rights to its proprietary code disappear. It might be nice -- it's certainly expedient to believe so -- but that's not the way it works.
I agree with Nemosoft's decisions, even though I'm a proud (albeit forlorn) owner of a Philips PCVC740K webcam. Doing the right thing isn't always popular, but it's right.
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