On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
Posted Oct 6, 2005 8:08 UTC (Thu) by fenrus
In reply to: On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
Parent article: On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL works okay as long as both the kernel devs and proprietary vendors stay polite.
proprietary vendors will generally be careful to not say "change your kernel in this way to run this module" since that opens them up to "you're a derived work" claims (it's really hard to claim you're independent if you require changes in the other thing to work after all, especially if you have to document them and maybe even provide a patch), and the smart ones at least will have lawyers that tell them not to do it.
There are dumb ones out there of course and it's thus almost inevitable that a lawsuit is going to happen in the next year or two.
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