GPL Licensing Terms Violation by Western Digital

While researching the rescue (Safe Mode) firmware versions 1x and 2x for WD NAS devices, it suddenly occurred to me that no GPL source code is provided by WD, despite the fact that the firmware is riddled with Linux packages with GPL licensing terms. This is a clear violation of the GPL licensing terms of most, if not all included packages, and especially for the Linux kernel itself.

3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you received the program in object code or executable form with such an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)

Therefore, I’m putting WD on notice that I want the GPL source code for rescue (Safe Mode) firmware versions 1x and 2x to be released, in much the same fashion as it’s provided for standard firmware releases.

My Cloud EX2 Ultra Safe Mode v2

Specifically, I want the GPL source code for rescue (Safe Mode) firmware versions 1x and 2x for the My Cloud PR4100 and My Cloud EX2 Ultra devices. However, just to avoid any confusion, I strongly feel that it should be released for all devices.

Release the Hounds

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While we’re on the subject of Violating Terms

You are violating the forum Rules and Terms in relation to … Not a Legal Venue.

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So your position is so weak that you resort to quoting forum rules? Who died and made you a moderator? I have legitimate concerns, and you’re the one who tried to turn it into a joke… not me. As for “violating terms”, you’ve broken a few rules yourself.

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