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+GPL License Exception:
+Even though U-Boot in general is covered by the GPL-2.0/GPL-2.0+,
+this does *not* cover the so-called "standalone" applications that
+use U-Boot services by means of the jump table provided by U-Boot
+exactly for this purpose - this is merely considered normal use of
+U-Boot, and does *not* fall under the heading of "derived work".
+ The header files "include/image.h" and "arch/*/include/asm/u-boot.h"
+define interfaces to U-Boot. Including these (unmodified) header
+files in another file is considered normal use of U-Boot, and does
+*not* fall under the heading of "derived work".
+-- Wolfgang Denk
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+ U-Boot is Free Software. It is copyrighted by Wolfgang Denk and
+many others who contributed code (see the actual source code and the
+git commit messages for details). You can redistribute U-Boot and/or
+modify it under the terms of version 2 of the GNU General Public
+License as published by the Free Software Foundation. Most of it can
+also be distributed, at your option, under any later version of the
+GNU General Public License -- see individual files for exceptions.
+ NOTE! This license does *not* cover the so-called "standalone"
+applications that use U-Boot services by means of the jump table
+provided by U-Boot exactly for this purpose - this is merely
+considered normal use of U-Boot, and does *not* fall under the
+heading of "derived work" -- see file Licenses/Exceptions for
+ Also note that the GPL and the other licenses are copyrighted by
+the Free Software Foundation and other organizations, but the
+instance of code that they refer to (the U-Boot source code) is
+copyrighted by me and others who actually wrote it.
+-- Wolfgang Denk
Like many other projects, U-Boot has a tradition of including big
blocks of License headers in all files. This not only blows up the
source code with mostly redundant information, but also makes it very
difficult to generate License Clearing Reports. An additional problem
-is that even the same linces are referred to by a number of slightly
-varying text blocks (full, abbreviated, with obsolted / older address
+is that even the same licenses are referred to by a number of
+slightly varying text blocks (full, abbreviated, different
+indentation, line wrapping and/or white space, with obsolete address
information, ...) which makes automatic processing a nightmare.
To make this easier, such license headers in the source files will be
-replaced with a single line reference to Unique Lincense Identifiers
+replaced with a single line reference to Unique License Identifiers
as defined by the Linux Foundation's SPDX project . For example,
-in a C source the full "GPL v2.0 or later" header text can now be
+in a source file the full "GPL v2.0 or later" header text will be
replaced by a single line:
-We use the SPDX Unique Lincense Identifiers here; these are available
+We use the SPDX Unique License Identifiers here; these are available