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Re: [gNewSense-users] FTL patent in kernel

From: Bake Timmons
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] FTL patent in kernel
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 20:31:52 -0400
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>     Use of the FTL format for non-PCMCIA applications may be an
>     infringement of these patents.  For additional information,
>     contact M-Systems ( directly.

There is no *copyright* restriction on ftl.c that makes it non-free
software, so it is surely is free.  Modifications to it are restricted
here, but such restrictions against infringing on the patent would as
well apply to *any other* free software, so I think ftl.c is OK.

This is in contrast to a recent non-free example on this list, where the
*copyright* conditions explicitly restricted the software to work with
only certain kinds of LocalTalk equipment.

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