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

From: Alan Cox
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 19:40:30 EST

> Why can't you understand that the GPL v2 is a *software* license, it
> doesn't cover hardware at all.

The GPLv2 is a copyright license not a software licence, indeed there is
no such thing as a 'software licence'. It deals with the circumstances
and manner in which you are permitted (by the author) to make copies of
their work, to modify their work and in some cases to perform their work
(plus other sundry rights). Copyright law doesn't care whether the object
in question is as abstract as computer source code (providing it has been
'fixated' in some form) or a two hundred foot high art installation - or
a combination of the two.

So irrespective of the whole pointless debate going on you are trying to
draw lines that don't exist in the first place.

> I can't know for a fact what TiVO wants, but I can guess.

You could also do your research.

> All quite valid reasons in my opinion.

and all wrong.

Look up the owning and controlling interests in Tivo and you'll find the
correct reason - stopping you doing evil things like keeping movies
you've recorded or uploading them to the internet [which ironically of
course is the entire effect of the whole 'convergence' thing]

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