Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Posted May 23, 2006 22:51 UTC (Tue) by proski
In reply to: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Parent article: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Let's see the quote from the actual letter:
"Now, what you're doing when you combine the binary-only modules and the kernel together into a distribution or LiveCD is _not_ "mere aggregation". That's clearly a coherent whole; a collective work and not just a bunch of stuff which happens to be sharing the same disk. [...] So while the binary-only modules _themselves_ are only 'questionable' on their own, the distribution of them _with_ a kernel is clearly a violation of the license of the kernel."
I don't see how someone's expertise in Linux development translates into expertise in distinguishing derived works from "mere aggregations". It's a matter of copyright law, and Linux is not written by lawyers.
Ultimately, copyright law is interpreted but courts rather than by copyright holders. Some free software we are enjoying today would not have existed if copyright holders were allowed to amend or re-interpret copyrights retroactively. Most prominent example is OpenSSH, which is based on the last free version of SSH.
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