What Google's actually doing
Posted Mar 21, 2011 18:51 UTC (Mon) by butlerm
In reply to: What Google's actually doing
Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
If that is indeed the case[...], than how can copyright prevent distribution of binary modules built against those headers?
It can't. That is wishful thinking at this point, at least under current legal precedents (notably Baystate v. Bentley Systems (1996)). At best the license could be used to regulate joint distribution, and it is difficult to write a general purpose license that can clearly distinguish between joint distribution of copyleft and proprietary stuff which is allowed and joint distribution of copyleft and proprietary stuff which isn't allowed.
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