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SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
On Thu, 21 Jun 2007, Alexandre Oliva wrote:

> On Jun 21, 2007, david@lang.hm wrote:
>
>> frankly, I haven't checked the licenses on the software. I'd suggest
>> going to www.tivo.com/linux and download all the source for all the
>> different versions there.
>
> Yeah, thanks, I remembered someone had posted that URL the second
> after a hit Send :-(
>
> I've already got cmd.tar.gz and I'm looking at it now.
>
> Thanks again,
>
>> by the way, it looks like there is one wireless driver that they ship
>> in some releases but don't provide the source for. but if you plan on
>> going after them for that you better go after everyone who ships
>> binary kernel modules.
>
> Only copyright holders of Linux can go after them on matters of kernel
> drivers. Or is this driver derived from any software copyrighted by
> myself? Or did you mean the FSF, with whom I'm not associated in any
> way other than ideologically?

from the page listed above

NOTE: 4.0.1a and later releases contain Atmel WLAN drivers in addition to
the other network adapter drivers that are posted here. These WLAN drivers
were received by TiVo directly from Atmel and are under the terms of a
formal non-disclosure agreement, so we cannot publish them under the terms
of the GPL version 2. Atmel has since released a different version of the
drivers under the GPL version 2; however, that release does not change our
prior obligation with Atmel. At this time, we have no plans to use Atmel's
publicly released drivers in our development.

when I talked about 'going after tivo' I wasn't just refering to doing so
with lawsuits. the way some people in this thread have acted I could see
people trying to use this as 'the smoking gun' that proves that the evil
tivo people didn't release everything they were supposed to.

modules are a grey area, some are clearly derived from the kernel and some
are just as clearly not derived from the kernel, most are not as clear. I
don't know the situation for this particular module, but that has nothing
to do with this topic.

David Lang
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