|From:||"Jeff V. Merkey" <jmerkey-AT-drdos.com>|
|To:||Alan Cox <alan-AT-lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>|
|Subject:||Re: Possible GPL Violation of Linux in Amstrad's E3 Videophone|
|Date:||Thu, 07 Oct 2004 13:21:44 -0600|
|Cc:||jonathan-AT-jonmasters.org, "jmerkey-AT-comcast.net" <jmerkey-AT-comcast.net>, Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel-AT-vger.kernel.org>|
Alan Cox wrote: >If you look at the motivation you'd then have to ask yourself why they >would want to do that given that a) They from the start said publically >"its using Linux" and b) Are dropping custom (well probably bought in >mostly) apps onto a generic reference platform. > >Not only they seem to be behaving but I can see no obvious game >advantages for them to cheat. > >One thing that certainly would be interesting as a thought experiment >for the legal bods (the real ones) would be what occurs if the license >on a couple of essential bits of the kernel was to say > > GPL v 2 blah bla or you may choose to distribute the > software without source > code for $100,000 per product you ship it in. > >This would then also give both a Judge and the thief a clear crystalised >value for damages.... > >Alan > > Alan, The following is submitted based on your comment. I was intrigued by your proposal for a binary license, so I discussed it with my business associates. We offer to kernel.org the sum of $50,000.00 US for a one time license to the Linux Kernel Source for a single snapshot of a single Linux version by release number. This offer must be accepted by **ALL** copyright holders and this snapshot will subsequently convert the GPL license into a BSD style license for the code. In other words, what we are asking for is the ability to snapshot kernel.org at 50K a pop for a license to each 2.<even number> release, then take any even number release private. This allows all changes to a 2.<even number> release to be used for a particular release per license without returning changes. This money will be made payable to kernel.org and must be accepted by everyone. If you think this is a good idea, we are prepared to actually execute on this proposal. This is for real, and let me know who to make the check out to. Please advise. Jeff >- >To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in >the body of a message to email@example.com >More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html >Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/ > > - To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in the body of a message to firstname.lastname@example.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/
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