Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Alan Cox
Date: Wed Jun 13 2007 - 21:43:17 EST

> What if TiVo had put the kernel in a burned-in ROM (not flash, or on a
> flash ROM with no provision for reprogramming it)? Would that also
> violate the "spirit" of the GPL? Must any device that wishes to include
> GPL code include additional hardware to support replacing that code
> (even if that hardware is otherwise superfluous)?

This is an area the GPLv3 tries to clarify and for good reason.

Of course these days in the US someone would probably sue arguing that a
ROM is protection scheme ;)

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