Just last week, we reported that Taiwanese manufacturer of TV cards, Compro Technology, had been accused of violating the General Public License (GPL).
The accuser, Jo Shields, had stated: "they (Compro) are offering a "driver" for Mandriva Linux 2007.1, in the form of an 18 meg "linux.rpm". This "driver" is, in fact, an entire kernel image (from snd-emu10k1.ko to libata.ko, with everything in between), generated from Mandriva's kernel source package, with local modifications to at least two files (major file size gap between Compro and Mandriva kernels in tuner.ko and cx88xx.ko)."
"Their "driver" is being offered in binary-only form, without any accompanying license, and I have received no replies to a formal request for source after 2 (Taiwanese) working days. Obviously, this violates several GPL clauses, and infringes on the rights of every kernel developer with code in 2.6.17."
Having read Mr Shields' comments, Nicole Tseng, marketing communication manager at Compro Technology, has issued the following statement:
"We are in the process of adhering to the GNU General Public License rules and we expect to have the drivers ready by Q3 2008."
In the meantime, both the Mandriva Linux 2007 and Fedora Core 6 drivers have been removed from the Compro Technology website. Looks like someone was being naughty, but, at least they've taken action to rectify the situation.
Compro Technology accused of GPL violation