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SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 04:05:14PM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 08:07:04AM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 09:39:11PM -0800, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
> >
> > Thing is, if kernels get patched to disallow binary modules,
> > whats to stop Ubuntu (or anyone else) reverting that change in the
> > kernels they distribute ? The landscape doesn't really change much,
> > given that the majority of Linux end-users are probably running
> > distro kernels.
> If a kernel developer or a competitor sends a cease&desist letter to
> such a distribution, the situation changes from a complicated "derived
> work" discussion to a relatively clear "They circumvented a technical
> measure to enforce the copyright.".

C&D's don't work that way. They can enforce "don't ship my code"
but not "ship my code, or else". The modification would be just like
any other thats allowable by the GPL.


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