binary modules Modules and linking
Posted Oct 3, 2003 22:04 UTC (Fri) by Gady
In reply to: binary modules Modules and linking
Parent article: LinkSys and the GPL - again
The entire discussion here centers around what is a "derived work" and what is a "mere aggregation" as in the last paragraph of section 2 of the GPL.
However, going back to Linus' comment about the terms for binary modules, we see that there is no way this comment can be interpreted except this: binary modules confirming with these coditions are considered an aggregation. A company which simply distributes a binary driver stand alone is undeniably complying with the GPL, hence these terms set by Linus are irrelevant. Thus this is the only possible interpretation of this comment.
While someone might claim that this is only Linus' interpretation of these two terms, this would not be quite so simple. Interpretations tend to take on a legal signifcance of their own with time. This is especially true if the interpretation stood the test in court, but even if this case, an interpretation made publicly and not openly refuted carries with it a certain legal weight. How much is of course for a court to decide, but this is certainly NOT just Linus' personal opinion.
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