lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2012]   [Apr]   [6]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
    /
    Date
    From
    SubjectRe: [PATCH] module: Clarify GPL-Compatible is OK
    On Fri, Apr 06, 2012 at 05:11:22PM -0700, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
    > From: "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@frijolero.org>
    >
    > While the kernel is GPLv2 individual files and modules have
    > historically been allowed to be:
    >
    > * Dual BSD/GPL
    > * Dual MIT/GPL
    > * Dual MPL/GPL
    >
    > This is done for several reasons but most importantly to be able to
    > share between Linux and permissive licensed Operating Systems such
    > as the BSDs.
    >
    > You do not need to make dual licenses when licenses are compatible
    > with each other, and in fact at times this can confuse developers / legal.
    > This has been well documented by SFLC through their "Maintaining
    > Permissive-Licensed Files in a GPL-Licensed Project: Guidelines for
    > Developers" [0] which was inspired by the ambiguity of the MadWifi
    > Project's Dual BSD/GPL license tradition. The list of GPL-Compatible
    > licenses can be found on the FSF's website [1].
    >
    > Lets help move out of the stone age and instead of extending this list
    > with more permissive licenses add a simple "GPL-Compatible" tag for use by
    > any GPL-Compatible licensed module. Given that vendors tend to grep existing
    > drivers for what they do also change all drivers to use the simple tag but
    > leave in place the old checks in case external drivers are using this. Moving
    > forward GPL-Compatible modules should rely on this simple new tag instead
    > of using the old tags or looking to add a new GPL-Compatible text descring
    > that license.
    >
    > [0] http://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/2007/gpl-non-gpl-collaboration.html
    > [1] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses
    >
    > Cc: Keith Packard <keithp@keithp.com>
    > Cc: Ralf Baechle <ralf@linux-mips.org>
    > Cc: David Woodhouse <dwmw2@infradead.org>
    > Cc: Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au>
    > Cc: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@vyatta.com>
    > Cc: "John W. Linville" <linville@tuxdriver.com>
    > Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
    > Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
    > Signed-off-by: Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@frijolero.org>


    Acked-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>



    \
     
     \ /
      Last update: 2012-04-07 02:29    [W:0.025 / U:0.192 seconds]
    ©2003-2016 Jasper Spaans. hosted at Digital OceanAdvertise on this site