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Re: [gNewSense-users] GPL license in code

From: Bake Timmons
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] GPL license in code
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 19:17:47 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> What is our practice for the MODULE_LICENSE and EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
> functions? drivers/s390 has files that don't state a license in the
> comments but have MODULE_LICENSE("GPL") or
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(somethingorother) in the code.
> On the one hand, the authors are clearly intending the code to be GPL.
> On the other, it raises questions about our process. Ideas?
> Relevant (but 8-year-old) linux-kernel thread:
> Relevant files:

Perhaps this is a special case of files without explicit licenses, which
we can assume to be under GPLv2 according to what marco found out here:

I like your summary: "Unspecified version of GPL" on these files,
because you also provide the needed context, i.e., the license comments
(and some informative macro calls).

Regarding the macros, a quick grep suggests to me that checking the use
of these macros might occasionally help us to more definitively
summarize license terms.  Scripts might be enhanced somehow -- thanks
for the idea.

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