Re: GPLv2 or not GPLv2? (no license bashing)

From: Måns Rullgård
Date: Tue Mar 09 2004 - 05:13:31 EST

vda <vda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Tuesday 09 March 2004 11:04, Måns Rullgård wrote:
>> vda <vda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> > Well, Linux kernel is GPLed. If one adds his/hers code to the kernel
>> > (s)he is automatically agrees to the terms of GPL.
>> >
>> > Because "adds code" is actually incorrect here. "modifies existing
>> > GPLed code" is more accurate.
>> Suppose I write a new kernel module, without touching any existing
>> code, and this module gets included in the kernel tree. Have I added
>> code? Yes. Have I modified GPLed code? I think not.
> I believe Linus said so too wrt out-of-tree modules.
> I think modules included in 'official' tree better be GPLed
> or else phrase 'Linux kernel is GPLed' becomes meaningless.

That is true, but it doesn't necessarily make my code derived from
anything at all.

Måns Rullgård
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