The Philips webcam driver - again
Posted May 5, 2005 22:33 UTC (Thu) by brouhaha
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An NDA is a "Non-Disclosure Agreement". When the NDA expires, you are allowed to disclose the NDA'd material to third parties. The point of the NDA is to keep the material secret for a limited time (unless the NDA has no expiration).
Note that the expiration of an NDA does not terminate any restricted rights that result from copyrights, trademarks, or patents. Suppose I get technical documentation on the interface to a Foobarco webcam under NDA, and it includes a copyrighted Foobarco driver for Windows. Once the NDA expires I can publish my own Linux driver based on the documentation, but I can't still cannot redistribute the Foobarco copyrighted Windows driver, or a work derived directly from it, without obtaining permission.
In the US copyrights do not cover mere compilations of facts, so they probably wouldn't cover something like an array of compression coefficients.
I am not a lawyer, but I've been a party to more than a dozen NDAs, and studied them fairly carefully before signing them. However, I'd advise you to consult an attorney before taking any action.
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