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SubjectRe: [PATCH] USB: mark USB drivers as being GPL only
Alan Cox wrote:

>> If we're still talking about whether a kernel module is required to be
>> released under GPL, then yes, this is not a gray area. This is something
>> that authors of original works can decide for themselves. They have no
>>
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

>
> Only if they are original works.
>
Yes. That was stipulated.

>
>> obligation to release under GPL, however they must take special care to
>> ensure that the module does not (statically) link with the kernel. Richard
>>
>
> Also wrong.
>
> You really should investigate a beginners text on intellectual property
> law.

Perhaps you might read up on unfair trade practices and contract law.
The contract (GPL) doesn't prevent me from using GPL work, in fact it
encourages me. Neither can it impose conditions upon original work
authored by a third party.

You do realise, I suppose, that it's easily feasible to write a Linux
kernel module on a non-Linux platform, and in fact without even using
any GPL software in its production. How could such a work possibly be
derivative? How could it be affected by GPL?

And please, don't give wishy-washy "lawyers tell me it's so"
non-answers. Give something real.


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