How not to handle a licensing violation
Posted Apr 12, 2007 19:59 UTC (Thu) by ajross
In reply to: How not to handle a licensing violation
Parent article: How not to handle a licensing violation
Unfortunately, you have your facts pretty mixed up. The reverse engineering was not done by the bcm43xx team. That work was done in a "clean room" manner by a separate group of people, who make the resulting specification available to the public at:
The choice of the GPL was made for the code implementing the driver (as it must be, obviously -- it's distributed as part of the Linux kernel), not for the hardware information required to write it.
As far as I can see, this misunderstanding invalidates every one of the points you have made. Nothing was locked away. All of the reverse-engineering work is available. Everyone is free to create drivers under any license.
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