[coreboot] Licensing question

Patrick Georgi patrick at georgi-clan.de
Sat Dec 18 02:30:59 CET 2010

Am Samstag, 18. Dezember 2010, um 02:07:50 schrieb Peter Stuge:
> But if the released code that is included in coreboot is changed
> within coreboot, because the community sees some opportunities to
> improve coreboot overall by doing so, then those changes are also
> licensed exclusively as GPLv2. This means that those changes can not
> be included "back" into the original dual licensed codebase, or into
> any derivative which chose to use either the dual license or the BSD
> license.
It's up to the developer of the change to decide the license of their changes. 
That is, a change could be added with the explicit statement (eg. in the 
commit message) that it's licensed both under GPLv2 and BSD-l, and it could be 
taken for BSD-l only uses (while originating with coreboot).
The only thing to keep in mind is that the combined work of coreboot+AGESA 
will be GPL only - this only affects distributors of coreboot+AGESA binaries 
who will have to treat their changes to AGESA (as delivered with coreboot) as 
licensed under GPLv2 only (unless a clean calling interface is defined as 
described in your mail that would separate coreboot and AGESA sufficiently).


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