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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 11:11:33AM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 04:05:14PM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > 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.

Careful here. The "technical measure" protection is something
unrelated to the copyright license itself. Cf the streambox vcr
lawsuit for instance (settled though) where not implementing the
handling of one bit that said "don't save to disk" in original code
seemed to be illegal.


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