Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Posted May 23, 2006 17:47 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck
Parent article: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Eben Moglen has said that it's not clear to him that the Linux kernel is really under the GPL. Under his interpretation, if I recall it correctly (and I apologize for putting words in his mouth) proprietary kernel modules violate the GPL, but he seems to think that the symbol labeling mechanism, which reserves some symbols for use by GPL modules and permits other symbols to be accessed by non-GPL modules, implies that there is a license of some sort for proprietary kernel modules, a kind of permission that goes beyond the GPL, but the problem is that this extra permission isn't really in writing anywhere.
Then you've got the problem that there are many copyright holders for the Linux kernel, and some of the copyright holders think there should be no proprietary kernel modules.
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