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    SubjectRE: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

    > This argument is the obvious nonsense. "Runs on TiVO" is a property of
    > the software that TiVO distributes -- such an important property that
    > it would be nonsensical for them to distribute it with their hardware.
    > But they do distribute it, and only the GPL allows them to.

    Why does the importance of the property matter to the validity of the

    > Linus' key is not required to use the software Linus distributes under
    > the GPL, by contrast.

    Why does whether or not the key is required to use the software matter? It
    may be impossible to use a Linux kernel on a particular piece of hardware
    without the BIOS, that doesn't mean the BIOS source code is part of the
    kernel source code even if the kernel is shipped for that hardware.

    > > Tivo's choice is an authorization decision. It is similar to
    > > you not having
    > > root access to a Linux box. Sorry, you can't run a modified
    > > kernel on that
    > > machine, but you can still modify the kernel and run it on any hardware
    > > where authorization decisions don't stop you from doing so. The GPL was
    > > never about such authorization decisions.

    > Says judge Schwartz. Oops. That's right, you're not a judge in any
    > legal jurisdiction, nor an author of the GPL.

    Nice argument. I'm wrong because people can disagree with me.


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