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    SubjectRe: GPL Violation?
    Anonymous User wrote:
    > On 8/16/06, Anonymous User <anonymouslinuxuser@gmail.com> wrote:
    >> I work for a company that will be developing an embedded Linux based
    >> consumer electronic device.
    >>
    >> I believe that new kernel modules will be written to support I/O
    >> peripherals and perhaps other things. I don't know the details right
    >> now. What I am trying to do is get an idea of what requirements there
    >> are to make the source code available under the GPL.
    >>
    >> I suspect the company will try to get away with releasing as little as
    >> possible. I don't know much about the GPL or Linux kernel internals,
    >> but I want to encourage the company I work for to give back to the
    >> community.
    >>
    >> I understand that modifications to GPL code must be released under the
    >> GPL. So if they tweak a scheduler implementation, this must be
    >> released. What if a new driver is written to support a custom piece
    >> of hardware? Yes, the driver was written to work with the Linux
    >> kernel, but it isn't based off any existing piece of code.
    >>
    >> I'm posting anonymously because the company probably wouldn't want me
    >> discussing this at all :(
    >
    >
    > Thanks to everyone who has responded to my question so far.
    >
    > It seems like the two issues that need to be addressed are:
    > 1) Are the kernel modules being developed derived works? If they are,
    > they must be released along with the entire kernel source.
    > 2) If they are not derived works, and shipped in a product, does the
    > fact that they are shipped in a product that uses the linux kernel
    > require that the new modules be licensed under the GPL?
    >
    > Yes, I agree that the company I work for should talk to a lawyer. I
    > however, am not interested in picking up a big legal tab to satisfy my
    > curiosity.
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    I suggest you take a look at http://gpl-violations.org/

    Regards, Michiel de Boer

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