Harald Welte on the flood of GPL violations
Posted Jun 19, 2006 20:57 UTC (Mon) by khim
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The most interesting case is not binary modules per se but combination of binary module and kernel! Binary modules were declared Ok by Linus many years ago for one specifical case: when some other thing (AFS if I recall correctly) was initially developed for other platform and then ported to Linux. The glue code is usally BSDish and original code is clearly not Linux-derived so it should be Ok to distribute without kernel. But when you writing driver specifically for Linux and bundle it with kernel - that looks like a violation of GPL: how can you claim it's "mere aggregation of another work on a volume of a storeage or distribution medium" when you wireless router is crippled if you remove it from said medium ? Linux kernel ("the program" in question) clearly need this data to work as advertised!
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