rtl-sdr licensing question
scott at scottcutler.net
Fri Feb 28 08:05:21 UTC 2014
Sorry guys, the Github link I gave was invalid. I believe this should work:
On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM, Scott Cutler <scott at scottcutler.net>wrote:
> Greetings, all--
> A while back I asked some questions about licensing of the rtl-sdr
> libraries, especially with regard to use with non-GPL software. At the
> time, I was told that the ExtIO libraries were considered an acceptable
> My code has been in development, and for various reasons--the largest
> being the desire for transmit support--I have developed my own HW
> abstraction layer called SDRIO. At the moment, I support rtl-sdr, bladeRF,
> and Funcube Dongle devices via the abstraction layer. The layer will, of
> course, be GNU licensed and thus free for anyone to modify or extend.
> My intent is thus for SDRIO to live in the same niche as ExtIO and thus
> have the blessings of the developers. I'm aware that you cannot give legal
> advice; my hope is only that, if someone comes to me saying I violated the
> rtl-sdr license, that at least I can tell them that I've talked with the
> lead developers and that they've given me the same permissions as the ExtIO
> I have placed the code here in case anyone wishes to look at the current
> state (though please note that the text of the licensing is not yet
> The SDRIO_RTLSDR module is quite thin and I hope does not give the
> impression that SDRIO is just supposed to be a wrapper. If you look at the
> other devices, you can see that they require more code and that the project
> as a whole is quite a bit more than a wrapper.
> Thank you for your time!
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