[En-Nut-Discussion] Stellaris Licences, was: Re: Ethernut on TI's ...

Ulrich Prinz ulrich.prinz at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 15 11:51:18 CET 2012


Have you ever thought about contacting TI to get a written legal statement?
I did that with ST and it worked without any problem.

Initially TI only prohibited using their code in GPL projects as they
state GPL to be virulent. They'd like to prevent that their sources
are coming back as GPLed and force commercial customers to make their
projects open source.
Reading the older version of headers they state the same as other companies did:
Do what you want with this, but we do not cover any problems that
arise from using this code.

That they now prohibit BSD use is ridicules.

This is the second time that TI Stellaris is on the edge to be thrown
out again... Bravo TI you really do it well...


2012/11/3 Ole Reinhardt <ole.reinhardt at embedded-it.de>:
> Hi All,
>> I downloaded the headers from
>> http://www.ti.com/tool/cmsis_dsp_headers,
>> and, in fact, peeking into the zip file you see " legally binding
>> agreement", "sole purposes of designing and developing object and executable
>> versions", "You shall maintain the source code versions of the Licensed
>> Materials under password control protection" and much more to scare you.
>> So I think it's a NO-NO to use their headers and my conclusion would be to
>> at least suspend such a port until they change their mind.
> I had a look into the TI sources as well. For me it looks that they
> don't even know themselves what they want. The C files include the ARM
> license header (which is compatible to the BSD), the header does not
> include any copyright header but there is this LICENSE.html...
> Currently I see only one way to clerify this situation. I will get in
> contact with TI and try to get an official permission to use the code in
> Nut/OS.
> Best regards,
> Ole
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