GPL violations threat is quite real
Posted Jun 5, 2008 17:00 UTC (Thu) by dwmw2
In reply to: GPL violations threat is quite real
Parent article: Moving the firmware out
"Would any of these reasons imply that the program be licensed under GPL?"
No, because the kernel explicitly grants an exception for userspace:
NOTE! This copyright does *not* cover user programs that use kernel
services by normal system calls - this is merely considered normal use
of the kernel, and does *not* fall under the heading of "derived work".
We have no such exception for firmware.
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