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

From: Alexandre Oliva
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 23:46:10 EST

On Jun 14, 2007, Bill Nottingham <notting@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> OK. Let's take this to the simple and logical conclusion. A signed
> filesystem image containing both GPL and non-GPL code. From your
> point A, this is a derived work.

I claim the signature is derived from the GPLed bits, yes. Whether
that's a derived work, in the legal sense, I'm not qualified to say.

And I claim that, in the case of TiVO, it is not only a functional
piece of the system that's derived from GPLed code and missing the
corresponding sources, but also it's being used to impose restrictions
on the exercise of the freedoms that the GPL is designed to protect.
And these conditions are what make it a bad thing, and that deviate,
if not from the legal conditions, at least from the spirit of the

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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