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SubjectRe: Can't use SYSFS for "Proprietry" driver modules !!!.
On Tue, March 29, 2005 7:15 am, linux-os said:

> In the United States there is something called "restraint of trade".
> Suppose there was a long-time facility or API that got replaced
> with one that was highly restrictive. To use the new facility, one
> would have to buy a license or kiss somebody or something that
> was not previously required. If an action was brought against the
> person(s) who replaced the old facility with the new one, it
> is likely that the plaintiff would prevail.
> If there is documented proof that those symbols were previously
> available and then they were changed to something more restrictive,
> I think one would prevail if a complaint were brought in court.
> If course, you need to convince the person(s) who changed them
> that the action was unconscionable and therefore force them to
> change them back without making money for the lawyers by suing
> them. And, yes, somebody who modifies software in that manner
> can be sued. They could also be charged with criminal behavior
> (malicious mischief) in the State of Massachusetts or charged
> under federal law with restraint of trade. Modifying an existing
> policy to further an individual's ambitions can be fraught
> with consequences.

What the hell is this world coming to? Can we please just respect the
intent of the GPL and dispense with all this legalese crap; at least here
on LKML? People who want a free ride and don't care about returning
anything to the community that created Linux have many other forums in
which to vent.


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