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    SubjectRe: GPL License Query on a Plain Linux Application
    On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM, Alan Cox <> wrote:
    > On Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:49:34 +0530
    > Ramya Desai <> wrote:
    >> Dear All,
    >> I have written an application where it uses plain system calls like
    >> open, read, write etc. and runs in the user space. My question here,
    >> is this application comes under GPL?
    > This is a technical not a legal list - I would ask the Linux Foundation
    > if you want a legal answer.
    > In general though your question seems really to be "is my application a
    > derivative work of the kernel". That would be a surprising interpretation
    > (speaking as a non-lawyer) but also one the community wanted to be sure
    > never occurred. Hence the COPYING file for the kernel itself states:
    >   NOTE! This copyright does *not* cover user programs that use kernel
    >  services by normal system calls - this is merely considered normal use
    >  of the kernel, and does *not* fall under the heading of "derived work".
    >  Also note that the GPL below is copyrighted by the Free Software
    >  Foundation, but the instance of code that it refers to (the Linux
    >  kernel) is copyrighted by me and others who actually wrote it.

    Dear Alan,

    Thanks for your valuable information. I got what I need.

    Thanks and Regards,

    > Alan
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