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    SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
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    Tomas Neme writes:

    >> A "computer program" is a set of statements or instructions to be
    >> used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about
    >> a certain result.
    >> -- US Code, Title 17, Section 101
    >
    > so?

    People keep arguing that the signature is somehow not part of the
    kernel or not subject to copyright law. I suspect they do not realize
    how broad the legal definition of "computer program" is.

    > Not GPL related, but casino machine software that needs to be approved
    > by the casino regulation office in Argentina need to provide source,
    > compiling instructions AND binaries, and the binaries must pass a diff
    > check. This is impossible without a hacked compiler since the
    > timestamps WILL differ.
    >
    > Just an example that legality doesn't always comply with itself, and
    > even less make sense.

    This discussion is about copyright and the GPL, not legal quirks. I
    am aware of a large number of silly results reached by law.

    > plus, and I repeat myself.. the program comes with no warranties whatsoever.
    >
    > and if your complains are purely moral, see it this way: if TiVo
    > didn't sign their kernel, digital cable providers wouldn't give them
    > their hash keys, and they wouldn't be able to show HD signals,
    > rendering them useless, and making them go bankrupt... so they'd go
    > BSD, because they ARE a company after all, and they are after The
    > Moneys..
    >
    > no?

    The GPL does not guarantee anyone a viable business model. Following
    it is not conditional on profitability. It is only conditional on
    exercising rights that are granted by the GPL.

    Michael Poole
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