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

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 10:30:31 EST

* Michael Poole <mdpoole@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> >> I do not suggest that copyright subsists in the signature or in the
> >> signing key. Whether it does is irrelevant to the signing key
> >> being part of the source code (when the signature is needed for the
> >> binary to work properly).
> >
> > it is very much relevant. By admitting that the key is not part of
> > the "work", you have lost all moral basis to claim control over it.
> I have not admitted any such thing. I have said the key and signature
> do not have separate copyright protection. Variables named "i" in a
> file are not protected by copyright, but they are very much part of
> the source code in that file.

the problem with your argument is that the definition of what
constitutes "work" is up to copyright law, _not_ the license writer.
I.e. you cannot just cleverly define "source code" to include something
unrelated and then pretend that it's all in one work. And that's exactly
what the GPLv3 does: it creatively defines the hardware's key into the
'source code' of the software and then asks for that to be provided
_not_ because somehow the key derives from the software (it clearly does
not), but as a "compensation" for the right to redistribute! I.e. it's
trying to extend its scope to some item that is not part of the
software. See?

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