Quote of the week: Free kernel drivers
Posted Nov 8, 2005 23:32 UTC (Tue) by James200511
In reply to: Quote of the week: Free kernel drivers
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Please answer the following questions:
1. Is public domain code licensed under the GPL or compatible with it?
2. Is an interface layer in the public domain licensed under the GPL or compatible with it?
3. What will happen to the kernel when the copyrights on the kernel code start to expire and that code becomes public domain code? Will the public domain code have to be removed?
4. If it your answer to question 3 is that the public domain code doesn't need to be removed, is your answer compatible with your answer to questions 1 and 2?
5. What do you think prevents the copyright holder of the code from licensing their work under multiple licenses, one of which is the GPL?
6. Are Windows drivers and applications derivative works in which Microsoft has a copyright interest because they use Microsoft public or unpublished or undocumented interface specifications? Is your answer here compatible with your views on whether the same things written to a comparable Linux interface are derivative worksof Linux? If not, how do you explain to a court why you want one approach for one and a different approach for the other when they are doing the same thing?
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