Possible routes to kernel on GPLv3
Posted Jan 27, 2007 15:43 UTC (Sat) by sepreece
In reply to: Possible routes to kernel on GPLv3
Parent article: GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake? (CRN)
"Picture this scenario: A repository containing the
current kernel snapshot in HTML-ized annotated form
allows kernel contributors to claim their respective
fragments of code and state that they release this
code under the GPLv3."
It's not enough to "claim your contributions". The kernel is mostly a work of collective authorship - it would be impossible to separate out the individual owners, because each contributor's work is a derivative of everybody else's work. You might be able to tease out some contributions that could be shown to be independent, but for huge swaths of the kernel you would just have to say "this long list of people hold the copyright jointly".
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