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From: Jonathan Corbet <>
To: Dave Hansen <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] [v2] Documentation: clarify driver licensing rules
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:37:20 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:56:25 -0700
Dave Hansen <> wrote:

> Greg has challenged some recent driver submitters on their license
> choices. He was correct to do so, as the choices in these instances
> did not always advance the aims of the submitters.
> But, this left submitters (and the folks who help them pick licenses)
> a bit confused. They have read things like
> Documentation/process/license-rules.rst which says:
> 	individual source files can have a different license
> 	which is required to be compatible with the GPL-2.0
> and Documentation/process/submitting-drivers.rst:
> 	We don't insist on any kind of exclusive GPL licensing,
> 	and if you wish ... you may well wish to release under
> 	multiple licenses.
> As written, these appear a _bit_ more laissez faire than we've been in
> practice lately. It sounds like we at least expect submitters to make
> a well-reasoned license choice and to explain their rationale. It does
> not appear that we blindly accept anything that is simply
> GPLv2-compatible.
> Drivers appear to be the most acute source of misunderstanding, so fix
> the driver documentation first. Update it to clarify expectations.

Applied, thanks.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-08-31 22:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-14 14:56 [PATCH] [v2] Documentation: clarify driver licensing rules Dave Hansen
2020-08-17 15:48 ` Greg KH
2020-08-31 22:37 ` Jonathan Corbet [this message]
2020-08-31 23:03 ` H. Peter Anvin

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