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 had a tradition of including big
blocks of License headers in all files. This not only blew up the
source code with mostly redundant information, but also made it very
difficult to generate License Clearing Reports. An additional problem
was that even the same lincenses were 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 made automatic processing a nightmare.
To make this easier, such license headers in the source files have been
replaced with a single line reference to Unique Lincense Identifiers
as defined by the Linux Foundation's SPDX project . For example,
in a source file the full "GPL v2.0 or later" header text was
replaced by a single line:
We use the SPDX Unique Lincense Identifiers here; these are available