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    SubjectRe: spinlocks, the GPL, and binary-only modules
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    On Wed, 2002-11-20 at 10:17, Xavier Bestel wrote:
    > Yeah, that's precisely the problem here: the binary-only module is
    > distributed with included spinlock code, which *is* GPL.

    That doesnt neccessarily make it a derived work. Suppose I publish a
    book including a lawyer who says "Your honour I ...". That doesn't make
    it a derivative of some previous work I read that used the same phrase.

    Equally if I paraphase the entire court scene but use no identical words
    it may be a derived work.

    Stop thinking about this as a mathematical question. It isnt about the
    union of sets of instructions.

    Alan

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