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"redistributions in binary form"

Question asked by Bernd Kreuss on Oct 31, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 1, 2016 by xiangjun.rong

I have noticed that the header files for the peripheral addresses and registers, for example in my case this would be the MKL26Z4.h in the devices/MKL26Z4/ folder (which is the only file from the SDK I really need) contains the following copyright nbotice:

 

**     Copyright (c) 1997 - 2016 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
**     All rights reserved.
**
**     Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification,
**     are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
**
**     o Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list
**       of conditions and the following disclaimer.
**
**     o Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this
**       list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or
**       other materials provided with the distribution.
**
**     o Neither the name of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. nor the names of its
**       contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
**       software without specific prior written permission.
**
**     THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND
**     ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
**     WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
**     DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR
**     ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
**     (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
**     LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON
**     ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT
**     (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS
**     SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

If I produce a commercial product that contains a Kinetis micro controller with firmware written and built by me using the register defines from the Freescale CMSIS header file, does this constitute a "redistribution in binary form" and I am required to enclose it with a piece of paper citing the entire paragraph cited above?

 

Or can it be argued that a header file like this will not produce any code in the resulting binary at all because it merely consists of declarations?

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