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SubjectRe: Input on the Non-GPL Modules - legal nonsense
Tim Bird wrote:
>
> Ben Greear wrote:
> >
> > Alan Cox wrote:
> > >
> > > > What prevents the author of a non-GPL module who needs access to a
> > > > GPL-only symbol from writing a small GPLed module which imports the
> > > > GPL-only symbol (this is allowed, because the small module is GPL),
> > > > and exports a basically identical symbol without the GPL-only
> > > > restriction?
> > >
> > > The fact that it ends up GPL'd to be linked (legal derivative work sense)
> > > to the GPL'd code so you can link it to either but not both at the same time
> >
> > If you own the copyright to the small shim GPL piece, can anyone else
> > take legal action on your part? If not, then all you have to do is not
> > sue yourself for the double linkage and no one else can sue you either....
>
> I keep hearing this type of reasoning. It flat-out doesn't work
> this way in the legal system. This is similar to arguing that
> you didn't really stab someone if you threw the knife instead
> of holding it. ("But your honor, once the knife left my hand
> it really wasn't under my control...")

I'm not advocating this as a good thing to do, but I am curious: Can someone
else take action against this? I hope the answer is yes. This
whole thing begins to look like MS's attempts at securing digital music:
there are just too many ways around it. Either way,
I've had my say on this topic...and will let it RIP.

Ben

>
> If your actions bring about the result, whether
> directly or indirectly, you are legally liable for the
> consequences.
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