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[gNewSense-users] FTL patent in kernel

From: Peter and Jesse
Subject: [gNewSense-users] FTL patent in kernel
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 13:22:11 -0700

I found the following in drivers/mtd/ftl.c. It's under the MPLv1.1 /
GPL2 licence. What do people think?

 LEGAL NOTE: The FTL format is patented by M-Systems.  They have
    granted a license for its use with PCMCIA devices:

     "M-Systems grants a royalty-free, non-exclusive license under
      any presently existing M-Systems intellectual property rights
      necessary for the design and development of FTL-compatible
      drivers, file systems and utilities using the data formats with
      PCMCIA PC Cards as described in the PCMCIA Flash Translation
      Layer (FTL) Specification."

    Use of the FTL format for non-PCMCIA applications may be an
    infringement of these patents.  For additional information,
    contact M-Systems ( directly.

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