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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.5.5] do export vmalloc_to_page to modules...

On Wed, 3 Apr 2002 18:43:10 +0100 (BST), Alan Cox wrote:
>>EXPORT_SYMBOL(vfree);
>>EXPORT_SYMBOL(__vmalloc);
>>-EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(vmalloc_to_page);
>>+EXPORT_SYMBOL(vmalloc_to_page);
>
>The authors of that code made it GPL. You have no right to change that. Its
>exactly the same as someone taking all your code and making it binary only.
>
>You are
> - subverting a digital rights management system
> [5 years jail in the USA]
> - breaking a license

On the contrary, the GPL specifically gives me the right to modify the code
to make it more useful to me and distribute those modifications.

>but worse than that you are ignoring the basic moral rights of the authors
>of that code.

They didn't have to put their code under the GPL if they didn't want to
allow other people to use and modify it. You can't have it both ways --
there's no such thing as 'GPL but with a few extra restrictions I've added to
the code that everyone's contributed to'.

DS


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