[alsa-devel] alsa-firmware licensing
lists at timj.co.uk
Sat Jan 5 15:15:31 CET 2008
As part of the Fedora Project , I'm trying to package  the ALSA
firmware up for easy distribution to Fedora users.
The trouble is that the licensing seems unclear. Specifically:
a) Several firmwares claim to be under the GPL but don't specify a
version and don't include source - see
b) More worryingly, the Emagic EMI 2|6 firmware appears to be under a
"license" which prohibits ANY redistribution. Quoting from
emi_26_62/license.txt (my emphasis):
"The firmware contained herein is Copyright (c) 1999-2002 Emagic
as an unpublished work. This notice does not imply unrestricted
or public access to this firmware which is a trade secret of Emagic,
and which ***may not be reproduced, used, sold or transferred to
any third party without Emagic's written consent.***"
Does the ALSA project have special authorisation ("written consent") to
distribute this? Who within the ALSA project is responsible for the
-firmware package and might be able to help resolve some of these
queries? Does anyone have a contact at Emagic (which seems to have been
bought by Apple) to discuss relaxing the firmware conditions slightly?
Any information most welcome. We'd really like to get the firmware in
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