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SubjectRe: GPL Violation of 'sveasoft' with GPL Linux Kernel/Busybox +code
On Nov 10, 2004, at 16:11, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> That web page seems pretty clear... some parts of the prerelease are
> non-GPL, you can distribute the GPL code as usual. Unless there is
> some claim that the non-GPL parts are derived from GPL original
> source or contain GPL code, why shouldn't they restrict the
> distribution
> of their own code?

The make it difficult if not effectively impossible to separate the two,
claiming that therefore they are not under the restrictions of the GPL.
However, the GPL _clearly_ states that if it is distributed as a single
work, then all parts _must_ be distributable under the terms of the
GPL. I believe that a single binary firmware image is a single "work"
according to the definition provided in the GPL, and therefore by
distributing their code as a part of it, they have implicitly applied
GPL to said work (assuming it was not GPLed already for other

Kyle Moffett

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