4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 4, 2015 10:14 AM by tombrew

    Licensing Concerns

    psbarrett

      I'm looking into the WICED WiFi platform for a product I'm looking to develop, but I have some pretty severe concerns about the licensing of the SDK v3.1.1.

       

      It looks to me that the intention is that the actual libraries that are for use in application code should be licensed under a BSD license per the LICENSE.txt file. However, this is never explicitly stated anywhere that I can find, just a vague statement that says "Code/libraries that may be compiled and linked with the target application [...] This code is provided under license terms similar to FreeBSD" which seems legally useless. Furthermore all the files that would be needed to be part of my application have a rather scary copyright statement that seems to imply that this code isn't supposed to even be published:

       

      /* 
       * Copyright 2014, Broadcom Corporation
      * All Rights Reserved.
      *
      * This is UNPUBLISHED PROPRIETARY SOURCE CODE of Broadcom Corporation;
      * the contents of this file may not be disclosed to third parties, copied
      * or duplicated in any form, in whole or in part, without the prior
      * written permission of Broadcom Corporation.
      */
      
      

      Can I get some clarification on the license terms of these files. If they are intended to be released under a BSD license when can I expect a SDK release that properly declares the license term statements?

       

      Thanks