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SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
On Wed, 20 Jun 2007 12:55:10 -0700
"David Schwartz" <davids@webmaster.com> wrote:

>
> > The kernel you build from the source code that Tivo distributes must
> > be accepted by Tivo's hardware without making other modifications (to
> > Tivo's hardware or bootloader). If that is possible, I will retract
> > what I said. If it is not possible, they are omitting part of the
> > program's source code:
> >
> > A "computer program" is a set of statements or instructions to be
> > used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about
> > a certain result.
> > -- US Code, Title 17, Section 101
>
> A key is a number. A signature is a number. They are neither statements nor
> instructions. The argument that GPLv2 prohibits Tivoization is really and
> truly absurd. It has neither a legal nor a moral leg to stand on.

A computer program is a number too.

Alan
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