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No its not, doing something similar to (or identical) to a GPL'd program 
is fine, if you were to use a GPL'd IRC server/client as the base for
your own code, then you'd need to pblish using the GPL...

IRC would be in the realm of software patents really - it's a protocol -
the client/serverside code comes under copyright laws :)

--Oliver

gmack@innerfire.net wrote:

>From gmack@innerfire.net Fri Dec 5 12:36:11 2003
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>From: Gerhard Mack <gmack@innerfire.net>
>To: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
>cc: David Schwartz <davids@webmaster.com>, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu,
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>Subject: RE: Linux GPL and binary module exception clause?
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>Those views are scary when you consider that webmaster Inc sells closed
>source software that works exactly like IRC (wich is GPL)
>
>On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:
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>
>>Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 22:58:09 -0800 (PST)
>>From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
>>To: David Schwartz <davids@webmaster.com>
>>Cc: Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu, Peter Chubb <peter@chubb.wattle.id.au>,
>> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
>>Subject: RE: Linux GPL and binary module exception clause?
>>
>>
>>
>>On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, David Schwartz wrote:
>>
>>
>>>The GPL gives you the unrestricted right to *use* the original work.
>>>This implicitly includes the right to peform any step necessary to use
>>>the work.
>>>
>>>
>>No it doesn't.
>>
>>Your logic is fundamentally flawed, and/or your reading skills are
>>deficient.
>>
>>The GPL expressly states that the license does not restrict the act of
>>"running the Program" in any way, and yes, in that sense you may "use" the
>>program in whatever way you want.
>>
>>But that "use" is clearly limited to running the resultant program. It
>>very much does NOT say that you can "use the header files in any way you
>>want, including building non-GPL'd programs with them".
>>
>>In fact, it very much says the reverse. If you use the source code to
>>build a new program, the GPL _explicitly_ says that that new program has
>>to be GPL'd too.
>>
>>
>>
>>>Please tell me how you use a kernel header file, other than by including
>>>it in a code file, compiling that code file, and executing the result.
>>>
>>>
>>You are a weasel, and you are trying to make the world look the way you
>>want it to, rather than the way it _is_.
>>
>>You use the word "use" in a sense that is not compatible with the GPL. You
>>claim that the GPL says that you can "use the program any way you want",
>>but that is simply not accurate or even _close_ to accurate. Go back and
>>read the GPL again. It says:
>>
>> "The act of running the Program is not restricted"
>>
>>and it very much does NOT say
>>
>> "The act of using parts of the source code of the Program is not
>> restricted"
>>
>>In short: you do _NOT_ have the right to use a kernel header file (or any
>>other part of the kernel sources), unless that use results in a GPL'd
>>program.
>>
>>What you _do_ have the right is to _run_ the kernel any way you please
>>(this is the part you would like to redefine as "use the source code",
>>but that definition simply isn't allowed by the license, however much you
>>protest to the contrary).
>>
>>So you can run the kernel and create non-GPL'd programs while running it
>>to your hearts content. You can use it to control a nuclear submarine, and
>>that's totally outside the scope of the license (but if you do, please
>>note that the license does not imply any kind of warranty or similar).
>>
>>BUT YOU CAN NOT USE THE KERNEL HEADER FILES TO CREATE NON-GPL'D BINARIES.
>>
>>Comprende?
>>
>> Linus
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