SamyGO: replacing television firmware
Posted Nov 16, 2009 8:39 UTC (Mon) by dwmw2
In reply to: SamyGO: replacing television firmware
Parent article: SamyGO: replacing television firmware
This is one of the most ridiculous definitions of "derivative work" ever
conceived. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever."
It's also completely irrelevant; I'm disappointed that johill brought it up.
It actually doesn't matter at all whether the module is a derived work. Let's consider it, for the sake of argument, to be an independent and separate work in itself. And then let's see what the GPL has to say...
These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole. If
identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Program,
and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in
themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those
sections when you distribute them as separate works.
That's the nVidia situation which giggls mentioned (given the above-stated assumption, for the sake of argument, that it's not a derived work)
But read on...
But when you
distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based
on the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of
this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the
entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it.
And that's the Samsung situation. Looks like a clear GPL violation to me.
Even if the module is not a derived work.
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