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Redistribution of the Stellaris DSK files
I wrote a little article describing my project. The thing is thought I
base my self off one one the examples and build up on it. Does any one
know what the redistributing rights are or who I can ask? I emailed the
sales team. But still no response.
I want to have my project available for download. In the comment, it sais "viral" open-source. To me that means that it can't be redistributed witha software with GLP. would some thing like BSD work then?
"viral" open-source. To me that means that it can't be redistributed witha software with GLP. would some thing like BSD work then?
here is the comment header
// Copyright (c) 2009-2011 Texas Instruments Incorporated. All rights reserved.// Software License Agreement// // Texas Instruments (TI) is supplying this software for use solely and// exclusively on TI's microcontroller products. The software is owned by// TI and/or its suppliers, and is protected under applicable copyright// laws. You may not combine this software with "viral" open-source// software in order to form a larger program.// // THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITH ALL FAULTS.// NO WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT// NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR// A PARTICULAR PURPOSE APPLY TO THIS SOFTWARE. TI SHALL NOT, UNDER ANY// CIRCUMSTANCES, BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL// DAMAGES, FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.
I am not a lawyer, but please see this thread and this thread for a discussion on licensing. The post from Jean Anne in the 2nd thread summarizes this appropriately.
BrandonI am not a lawyer
Does TI have a "legal" department for customers to contact with queries like this?
With software becoming such an integral part of all semiconductor products, these kinds of issues can only increase; it is no longer sufficient just to provide Technical Support - you also need a "Legal Support" (or, at least, "Licensing Support") department...!
I have contacted the TI support they do have a legal section. I tried contacting them threw the stellaris website but I didn't get an answer. When i went threw TI support I got an answer within a few days. They said they would get some one to reply on the forum as well. As far as what i got as a reply basically if i am releasing it for personal use and not as a open source project then it should be ok. They also stress that it was not legal advice and I should probably refer the thread linked by Brandon and contact a lawyer for any thing beyond that.
Just noticed that StellarisWare driverlib version 9107 has now changed it's licensing to BSD - from the release notes:
You are correct please see the new sticky on the forum which explains this a bit more:
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