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From: Krzysztof Halasa <>
To: John Bradford <>
Subject: Re: Additional clauses to GPL in network drivers
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 17:15:30 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (John Bradford's message of "Sun, 7 Dec 2003 15:15:46 GMT")

John Bradford <> writes:

> "This file is not a complete program and may only be used when the
> entire operating system is licensed under the GPL".
> as
> grep -C 1 "only be used when"
> in drivers/net will confirm.
> *Please*, can we resist the temptation to 'play' with licenses in this
> way?  I suspect this extra clause was added just to clarify what the
> GPL already says,

I don't think so - GPL doesn't restrict the _use_, only the distribution.

I.e. I'd be breaking law by merely _using_ the epic100 driver, as the
operating system (my experimental Linux-based system) isn't licensed
under GPL - in fact, it isn't licensed under any license, as I don't
distribute it at all.
Krzysztof Halasa, B*FH

  reply	other threads:[~2003-12-07 21:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-12-07 15:15 Additional clauses to GPL in network drivers John Bradford
2003-12-07 16:15 ` Krzysztof Halasa [this message]
2003-12-08  8:32   ` John Bradford
2003-12-08  0:29 ` David Schwartz
2003-12-08  1:00 ` Alex Belits
2003-12-08  2:32 ` David Schwartz
2003-12-08  3:11   ` Jeremy Maitin-Shepard
2003-12-08  3:51     ` David Schwartz
2003-12-08  6:40       ` Shawn Willden
2003-12-08 20:57       ` Matthias Andree
2003-12-07 17:15 Xose Vazquez Perez

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