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

From: Alan Cox
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 17:42:09 EST

> Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
> covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of
> running the Program is not restricted, ...
> The license does not cover running of the program. It doesn't restrict
> it, but it doesn't cover it. Claiming otherwise is turning the GPL into
> yet another dreaded EULA.

For many juridisctions loading from disk into memory is copying and in
some from memory to CPU cache a second copy. This is one reason as I
understand it GPLv3 talks about "conveying" - to avoid that mess and

> In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the Program
> with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a volume of
> a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work under
> the scope of this License.
> TiVo's firmware (and any restrictions it may carry) is not affected by
> the GPLv2.

Really irrelevant to the discussion. Tivo's firmware is up to them.
Whether the resulting system permits them to include GPLv2 software with
it is what matters.

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