Posted Feb 16, 2006 6:23 UTC (Thu) by proski
Parent article: EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL_FUTURE()
As in the case with DRM, the technical restrictions tend not to end when and where the legal limitations do. Surely the RCU patent will expire some day, but will the RCU API in the kernel return to its free-for-all state the same day? And how on Earth will EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL_FUTURE check that I live in a country where patents for algorithms are valid at all?
Cannot we just resist the urge to use technical means to enforce laws? It doesn't work well. I, for one, prefer due process of law for resolving legal issues.
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