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Re: GPL-licensed application within PC BIOS


From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: GPL-licensed application within PC BIOS
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2004 00:56:55 -0500
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Grumble <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> (Why is there so much spam in here? Is it because of the mail-to-news 
> gateway?)
> 
> Assume a motherboard manufacturer includes an application licensed under 
> the GNU General Public License (e.g. Memtest86) within the PC's BIOS.
> 
> Can I request the BIOS's source code if I purchase the motherboard which 
> comes with the BIOS in firmware on an EEPROM?
> 
> Can I request the BIOS's source code if I can download a firmware 
> upgrade to flash the EEPROM?

My guess is that this would fall under the "mere aggregation" clause of 
the GPL, and you would only be entitled to the source code of the GPLed 
application, not the entire BIOS.

-- 
Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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