|| ||corbet-AT-lwn.net (Jonathan Corbet)|
|| ||"Blake Stowell" <bstowell-AT-sco.com>|
|| ||SCO and the GPL|
|| ||Tue, 05 Aug 2003 12:36:39 -0600|
Funny how I never can get a question in during your teleconferences...
Here's what I wanted to ask:
I verified this morning that it is still possible to download
source for a 2.4 kernel from ftp.sco.com. This kernel, of course,
contains a great deal of GPL-licensed software to which SCO can
make no claim. Given how the GPL works, I must conclude that
either (1) that kernel *is* licensed under the GPL, with all the
rights of use, modification, and redistribution that implies, or
(2) SCO is distributing a derived product over which it claims
proprietary rights. In the second case, SCO is infringing upon the
copyrights of all the other contributors to the 2.4 kernel.
Question: what is SCO's position regarding the licensing of the
code found in the 2.4 kernel it is distributing? Does SCO feel
entitled to infringe upon the copyrights of contributors to the
I need an answer by Wednesday late morning, please.
Executive editor, LWN.net
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