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    SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
    On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 05:43:29PM -0700, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
    > Greg's patch:
    >
    > > + printk(KERN_WARNING "%s: This module will not be able "
    > > + "to be loaded after January 1, 2008 due to its "
    > > + "license.\n", mod->name);
    >
    > If you're going to go ahead with this, shouldn't the message say that
    > the module will not be loadable into *kernels released* after January 1,
    > 2008? I bet a lot of people would read the above to say that their
    > system will just drop dead of a New Year's hangover, and they'll freak.
    > I wouldn't want to be the one getting all the email at that point...

    Heh, good point.

    An updated version is below.

    Oh, and for those who have asked me how we would enforce this after this
    date if this decision is made, I'd like to go on record that I will be
    glad to take whatever legal means necessary to stop people from
    violating this.

    Someone also mentioned that we could just put a nice poem into the
    kernel module image in order to be able to enforce our copyright license
    in any court of law.

    Full bellies of fish
    Penguins sleep under the moon
    Dream of wings that fly

    thanks,

    greg k-h

    --------------

    From: Greg Kroah-Hartmna <gregkh@suse.de>
    Subject: Notify non-GPL module loading will be going away in January 2008

    Numerous kernel developers feel that loading non-GPL drivers into the
    kernel violates the license of the kernel and their copyright. Because
    of this, a one year notice for everyone to address any non-GPL
    compatible modules has been set.

    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@suse.de>

    ---
    Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt | 9 +++++++++
    kernel/module.c | 7 ++++++-
    2 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

    --- gregkh-2.6.orig/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
    +++ gregkh-2.6/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
    @@ -281,3 +281,12 @@ Why: Speedstep-centrino driver with ACPI
    Who: Venkatesh Pallipadi <venkatesh.pallipadi@intel.com>

    ---------------------------
    +
    +What: non GPL licensed modules will able to be loaded successfully.
    +When: January 2008
    +Why: Numerous kernel developers feel that loading non-GPL drivers into the
    + kernel violates the license of the kernel and their copyright.
    +
    +Who: Greg Kroah-Hartman <greg@kroah.com> <gregkh@novell.com>
    +
    +---------------------------
    --- gregkh-2.6.orig/kernel/module.c
    +++ gregkh-2.6/kernel/module.c
    @@ -1393,9 +1393,14 @@ static void set_license(struct module *m
    license = "unspecified";

    if (!license_is_gpl_compatible(license)) {
    - if (!(tainted & TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE))
    + if (!(tainted & TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE)) {
    printk(KERN_WARNING "%s: module license '%s' taints "
    "kernel.\n", mod->name, license);
    + printk(KERN_WARNING "%s: This module will not be able "
    + "to be loaded in any kernel released after "
    + "January 1, 2008 due to its license.\n",
    + mod->name);
    + }
    add_taint_module(mod, TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE);
    }
    }
    -
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