GPL violations continue by OEM manufacturers using Sigma systems SDK
Iain Barker <ibarker <at> aastra.com>
2007-02-01 17:20:26 GMT
Three years on, and still I am finding OEM customers of Sigma who are shipping product without GPL compliance...
I purchased a Galaxy IPTV last week, it is running uCLinux 2.4 and an embedded distro very similar to the
previous Sigma EM8500 SDK on my Liteon DVD player (which was also a GPL violation, see below).
No mention of the GPL license was provided with the Galaxy unit, no offer of source code etc.
Although Sigma did release the GPL source for the kernel in their SDK via the UCLinux site "on behalf of their
customers", the OEMs are continuing to sell products which are in violation of GPL.
If you want to look at a similar firmware for confirmation of the Linux/GPL content, try here: http://www.galaxymetalgear.com/Firmware/galaxy_v18.104.22.168.zip
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[mailto:legal-bounces <at> lists.gpl-violations.org]On Behalf Of Iain Barker
Sent: Friday, 18 March, 2005 11:05
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Subject: RE: Problems with KiSS (dvd player) firmware
Regarding the KiSS DVD player firmware:
This problem is common to multiple vendors who use the Sigma EM8500 chipset.
Sigma provide an GPL'd SDK to the OEM manufacturers such as Kiss, but some of the OEMs are failing to pass on
the GPL license with their products. The Sigma SDK includes Linux4TV, BusyBox, uCLinux and a few other GPL programs.
KiSS are actually one of the better behaved OEMs, at least they released a source code snapshot and included
the GPL license text in their documentation. For the product I have (Liteon LVD2001), the OEM refused to
issue source code and didn't even seem to be aware of the GPL.