On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
Posted Oct 6, 2005 17:46 UTC (Thu) by nchip
In reply to: On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
Parent article: On the value of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
>> If your module is non-GPL then obviously it very much matters whether it is a derived work of the GPL-ed Linux kernel!
> Very true. But remember -- the GPL speaks not only of 'derived' works, but also of 'collective' works. Consider section 2 of the GPL:
Ingo is right here. GPL also states:
> In addition, mere aggregation of [module] not based on the [kernel]
> with the [kernel] (or with a work based on the [kernel]) on a volume of
> a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work under
> the scope of this License
So it boils back to the "is the binary-only module derived from Linux" argument. Many Linux distributors bundle on their liveCD's and installers both Linux kernel and binary-only modules/firmwares, so this isn't an embedded-only phenomea.
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