Uploaded image for project: 'Legal Discuss'
  1. Legal Discuss
  2. LEGAL-516

NVIDIA CUDA EULA, NVIDIA cuDNN SLA and ASF policies

VotersWatch issueWatchersLinkCloneUpdate Comment AuthorReplace String in CommentUpdate Comment VisibilityDelete Comments
    XMLWordPrintableJSON

Details

    • Question
    • Status: Closed
    • Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • None
    • None

    Description

      Related to https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-515, I would like to clarify the legal status of binary artifacts created under inclusion of the cudnn.h header file which is subject to the cuDNN SLA.

      Among others, the license grants the right to

      Distribute those portions of the SDK that are identified in this Agreement as distributable, as incorporated in object code format into a software application that meets the distribution requirements indicated in this Agreement.

      The cudnn.h header file is one of the files listed as distributable.

      I suspect that creating an compiled object where during the compilation cudnn.h was included amounts to "SDK [is] incorporated in object code format into a software application" and thus makes the resulting object file subject to the SLA.

      The license places limitations such as the prohibition to "reverse engineer [...] any portion of the SDK [...]".

      Due to the inclusion of the SDK into the object file, I suspect that the SLA "seizes control" of the resulting object file and it's prohibitions may apply.

      Please clarify if these assumptions are correct and this license thus is Category X? This is to have a sound foundation to place the further discussion in LEGAL-515 on.

      Thank you.

      Attachments

        Activity

          This comment will be Viewable by All Users Viewable by All Users
          Cancel

          People

            Unassigned Unassigned
            l33zu Leonard Lausen
            Votes:
            0 Vote for this issue
            Watchers:
            15 Start watching this issue

            Dates

              Created:
              Updated:
              Resolved:

              Slack

                Issue deployment