On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
Posted Oct 6, 2005 15:46 UTC (Thu) by zlynx
In reply to: On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
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If the vendor does it, it's probably some sort of infringement. However, if they just keep publishing their module with a note "Works with Linux Kernel 2.6.11 and earlier.", they're fine. If someone _else_ creates a kernel patch to allow that module to run on 2.6.17, the vendor isn't responsible, and I don't really see how you could convince a court that a 3rd party unrelated to the vendor is infringing anything by modifying code when that 3rd party has a license granting him an explicit right to modify the code.
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