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SubjectRe: [PATCH] clk: rockchip: Switch dt-binding headers for rk3328 to GPL/X11
Dear Emmanuel,

On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 4:22 PM, Emmanuel Vadot <manu@freebsd.org> wrote:
> Since those files are also needed kernel side, switch their licences
> to GPL/X11 so it can be used in BSD kernels.
>
> Signed-off-by: Emmanuel Vadot <manu@freebsd.org>
> ---
> include/dt-bindings/clock/rk3328-cru.h | 44 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
> include/dt-bindings/power/rk3328-power.h | 2 +-
> 2 files changed, 37 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/include/dt-bindings/clock/rk3328-cru.h b/include/dt-bindings/clock/rk3328-cru.h
> index d2b26a4b43eb..bbcf03641f89 100644
> --- a/include/dt-bindings/clock/rk3328-cru.h
> +++ b/include/dt-bindings/clock/rk3328-cru.h
> @@ -2,15 +2,43 @@
> * Copyright (c) 2016 Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd.
> * Author: Elaine <zhangqing@rock-chips.com>
> *
> - * This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
> - * it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
> - * the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
> - * (at your option) any later version.
> + * This file is dual-licensed: you can use it either under the terms
> + * of the GPL or the X11 license, at your option. Note that this dual
> + * licensing only applies to this file, and not this project as a
> + * whole.
> *
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> - * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
> - * MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
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> + * a) This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
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> + *
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You just poked a big pointy stick in my left eye. It hurts! Why not
use a proper SPDX tag here, like you did below?

Each time such a long legalese is added to the kernel instead of an
SPDX tag there is an endangered animal species that disappears from
the face of the earth for good. You do not want to bear this grave
responsibility, do you?

Also are you sure Elaine, other contributors and Rockchip Electronics
Co. Ltd. agree to this change?
It might be best if the patch were to come from them directly or at
least you will need proper acks for sure.

>
> #ifndef _DT_BINDINGS_CLK_ROCKCHIP_RK3328_H
> diff --git a/include/dt-bindings/power/rk3328-power.h b/include/dt-bindings/power/rk3328-power.h
> index 02e3d7fc1cce..301f30967b39 100644
> --- a/include/dt-bindings/power/rk3328-power.h
> +++ b/include/dt-bindings/power/rk3328-power.h
> @@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
> -/* SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0 */
> +/* SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0 or X11 */
> #ifndef __DT_BINDINGS_POWER_RK3328_POWER_H__
> #define __DT_BINDINGS_POWER_RK3328_POWER_H__

What you call X11 is called MIT in SPDX and in Thomas doc patches [1],
e.g. this tag is supposed to match the eyes-poking long legalese
above, this should be instead:

+/* SPDX-License-Identifier: (GPL-2.0+ or MIT) */

Finally if the goal of this proposed license update is usage in
FreeBSD and other BSD kernels, why use MIT as a second license? Would
not a BSD be better and avoid license inflation on the BSD side?

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/12/4/934
--
Cordially
Philippe Ombredanne

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