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

From: Daniel Hazelton
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 21:44:49 EST

On Thursday 14 June 2007 18:24:55 David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-06-13 at 21:29 -0400, Daniel Hazelton wrote:
> > Agreed. However, AFAICT, TiVO meets the provisions of the GPLv2 - they
> > make the source of the GPL'd part of their system available. (And I'm not
> > going to get into arguments over whether kernel modules are "derivative
> > works" or not, since those invariably end up with "They aren't, even
> > though we think they should be")
> Who cares about whether the module is a derivative work? That's only
> relevant when you distribute the module as a separate work. When you
> ship a combined work including both the kernel and the module in
> question, it's a _whole_ lot easier to interpret the GPL.

Agreed. I said I wasn't going to argue about it because there *ARE*
distinctions that the law makes and the GPL ignores. You can't have it both
ways. If the module is distributed *with* the kernel *SOURCE* then it doesn't
matter if it's a derivative work or not, because it becomes covered by the
kernels license. If it's distributed with the kernel *binaries* then it is
covered by its own license. In that case the only reason you'd have a right
to the source is if the module is considered a "derivative work".


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