[linux-dvb] [Em28xx] MPL-licensed V4L kernel modules (em2880)

Markus Rechberger mrechberger at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 16:07:18 CEST 2007


On 7/10/07, Christoph Pfister <christophpfister at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2007/7/10, Markus Rechberger <mrechberger at gmail.com>:
> <bigsnip>
> > em2880-dvb and xc3028-tuner are not derived from v4l code; em28xx is
> > derived from GPL code but worthless without the other files.
>
> Maybe you should read what a derivative work is? And be aware that I
> didn't only mean linuxtv, but also all kernel functions you use.
>
> > Also people can write whatever they want as long as they don't compile it
> > and fact is that the code is still available.
> > Don't compile it against v4l-dvb and it's fine..
> > I can have whatever sourcecode I want to have on that server.
>
> You can do a lot (because you have server access) - but not everything is legal.
>
> > I'd appreciate if you could stop having useless discussions, a few
> > linuxtv people proved it during the last year that they aren't capable
> > of participating from the beginning on or helping at all to get
> > forward, so I'd appreciate if you could just shut up and wait for the
> > endresult.
> > Not everyone might know why I did that, people who participated at the
> > merging requests are responsible for that.
> >
> > Most people are welcome to participate at the latest work I have,
> > people who participated at recent discussions about getting the code
> > which now is in question merged are not welcome anymore.
>
> That are your personal issues. I doubt that you're 100% innocent and
> if you think that you'll have more success that way, do it that way.
>

No but who came up with code and patches? and that's the only relevant
part of everything in the end. And I worked alot with many people back
then too.

> Back to the MPL: After taking a closer look i had to *ROFL* (and I
> think any lawyer will too) about _how_ you want to pseudo-put your
> code under the MPL. Maybe you should read the license and see what
> formal conditions have to be met? I dunno how you want to enforce
> _anybody_ to treat your code as non-GPL'ed.

Stop that MPL discussion, I can put that code offline too and update
it with some probably nonfunctional code for several devices but it
won't help anyone in the end - so I won't do it.
I don't want my work to be stolen by linuxtv people in the end. It's
too easy to look over the code change a few lines and obfuscure my
work, remove the copyright and that's what I'm concerned about. I
wouldn't mind about it if it wouldn't happen with that linuxtv
community.

-Markus



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