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    SubjectRE: non-free firmware in kernel modules, aggregation and unclear copyright notice.

    > I think the "derivative work" angle is a red herring. I do not think
    > that either of the two parts that are being linked together (i.e. the
    > driver and the firmware) are derivates of the other. The relevant
    > point is that distribution of the linked _result_ is nevertheless
    > subject to the condition in GPL #2, which is in general the only
    > source we have for a permission to distribute a non-verbatim-source
    > form of the driver.

    If the thing distributed is not the covered work and not a derivative work,
    why does the GPL apply to it at all?


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