lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2007]   [Feb]   [15]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers
On 2/15/07, Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Feb 2007, v j wrote:

> Personally, I see no real difference between EXPORT_SYMBOL and
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL.
> If you derive from GPL'ed code, your code is a derived work.
---

I agree with you that there's no difference in law, though I think the
difference is that neither creates a derived work. "Derived work" is a
very vague notion in law, and the case law on this has varied over
time. I think it would be a real crap shoot for both sides to bring
this to court, at least in the US.
Note, though, that I DO support the OSS equation and believe that
companies *should not* use closed-source modules, whether it's legal
or not, except in the very specific case of code that also works with
other systems. I think this ethical imperative goes with the nature of
the author's gift to the community.

scott
-
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2007-02-16 02:27    [from the cache]
©2003-2011 Jasper Spaans. Advertise on this site