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    SubjectRe: freed_symbols [Re: People, not GPL [was: Re: Driver Model]]
    On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 07:52:09PM -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
    > On Monday 15 September 2003 00:57, Erik Andersen wrote:
    > > On Mon Sep 15, 2003 at 12:17:37AM +0000, Henning P. Schmiedehausen wrote:
    > > > Erik Andersen <> writes:
    > > > >When you are done making noise, please explain how a closed
    > > > >source binary only product that runs within the context of the
    > > > >Linux kernel is not a derivitive work and therefore not subject
    > > > >to the terms of the GPL, per the definition given in the kernel
    > > > >COPYING file that grants you your limited rights for copying,
    > > > >distribution and modification.
    > > >
    > > > "Because Linus said so".
    > >
    > > It does not say "Because Linus said so" in the Linux kernel
    > > COPYING file, which is the only official document that grants
    > > legal permission to copy, distribute and/or modify the kernel.
    > Linus clearly and publicly stated his position on binary only kernel modules
    > almost exactly one year ago:

    Yeah, but Linus stating his position about a license doesn't mean diddly.
    The kernel is licensed under a license, that license is a contract that
    people enter into. To the extent that it is enforceable, that license
    determines what happens, Linus can't retroactively decide to interpret
    the license a different way. The license can't enforce things which
    the law doesn't allow. In particular, the law understands a concept of
    a boundary. And Linus' comments notwithstanding, modules are a pretty
    clear boundary. Even the GPL acks this, it knows that anything which
    is clearly separable is not covered.
    Larry McVoy lm at
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