[U-Boot-Users] License issues with Xilinx provided files

Peter Ryser peter.ryser at xilinx.com
Tue May 9 03:17:52 CEST 2006

Dear Wolfgang,

I had fixed all the issues in the licensing text (in addition to 
technical issues) for the above and additional files in a patch that I 
submitted to the U-Boot mailing list on 2005-09-28 (see "[U-Boot-Users] 
[PATCH] Major overhaul for Xilinx ML300 board support"). As far as I 
know this patch together with other patches submitted a few days later 
adding support for additional boards still waits for inclusion into the 
source tree.

The "offending" license text slipped through the cracks in an earlier 

Although Xilinx is the author and copyright holder of this file it was 
not submitted by Xilinx.

>Do you see a way to submit new versions of the  aforementioned  files
>with  a GPL compatible license header? If not, I have no other option
>but to remove these files from the U-Boot source tree.
I'd very much like to see the patches from last September added to the 
source tree which fixes the issues under discussion. Please let me know 
when you plan to include these patches.

>Please note that this also means that copies of the U-Boot code which
>include these files like those distributed by Xilinx (for example, as
>http://www.xilinx.com/bvdocs/appnotes/xapp542.zip) violate  the  GPL,
>and I must ask you to stop distributing these files.
The "offending" license text only exists in the open source repository 
but not in the U-Boot 1.1.1 snapshot included in xapp542.zip.

- Peter

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