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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] USB: mark USB drivers as being GPL only
    Alan Cox wrote:
    >> In Australia, devices require approval from a regulatory body. Such
    >> approval is withheld if appropriate safeguards are not applied.
    > We were talking about the USA.

    We most certainly were not. We are talking about Linux, and everybody
    wants it be used globally.

    > I am not aware of any Australian answers
    > to the specific question of software as an appropriate safeguard. The US
    > requires appropriate safeguards but no court has actually established an
    > interpretation of them.
    Probably the same in Australia, for the same reason as in USA. Probably
    the same in most countries.

    >> That is what I was saying: To require that only GPL-licenced USB drivers
    >> may be used with Linux puts Linux at a disadvantage in the market. The
    > Diddums, thats what the license says.
    That's what you claim it says, but has any court, anywhere, agreed with
    you? You claim the authority of others (i.e. numerous lawyers), but I
    don't believe you have that authority. You're just starting hearsay.
    You've never said what lawyers and you've never told us what they
    actually said.

    I see that you have a clear political agenda, and I respect it in
    principle, but you're claiming that things are so in pursuit of that
    agenda when you don't *know* that they are. You don't need to stretch
    any truths to spread adoption of GPL, and doing so is not respectable.

    > Requiring ac cinema pays the movie
    > company puts a cinema at a disadvantage in the market from those who
    > don't pay. That is why we have laws to try and ensure that crime is not
    > profitable.
    I don't understand this, but I do understand that an essential question
    being considered is whether or not Linux can participate in a market
    that prohibits GPL drivers, whether explicitly, or more likely through
    pressure from regulatory bodies. Doing this would be a mistake.
    Probably a big one.

    Don't telling people to switch to BSD, as some have done; they might do
    it. Where would Linux be if embedded devices used BSD instead? Don't
    think they can't. Don't think Linux has a technical advantage. Lose
    the embedded market, and that's where it would be felt first, and Linux
    volumes fall by what? 50%? 90%? Would you care if servers followed?

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