advice to bluetooth users (Broadcom Bluetooth USB Firmware)

Max Krasnyansky maxk at
Fri Nov 12 21:45:40 UTC 2004

Marcel Holtmann wrote:
> Hi Edd,
>>>What's the license and distribution terms on the firmware?  Are Ubuntu
>>>legally allowed to distribute it?
>>Yes, the BlueZ project has permission to redistribute it.

According to the instruction that I got from Broadcom. BCM firmware can be
distributed as part of the BlueZ GPL packages and must include BCM.LEGAL.TXT file
which has copyright and contact information in it.
I'm not a lawyer of course but as far as I understand it is perfectly fine for Ubuntu
to distribute BCM firmware as part of bluez-bluefw GPL package.

Hope that helps.

btw Marcel, latest drivers/bluetooth/bcm203x.c still does not mentioned that it
is based on my bluefw implementation.

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