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Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2004 13:07:08 +0200

Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
[...]
> > Linus' "clarifications" apply only to Linus's work and no one else's
> > work (unless it's clearly stated by the copyright owner). What he said
> > doesn't override the GPL terms. Consider for example /kernel/futex.c:
[...]
> This doesn't make your original statement any more accurate.
> "Any exceptions" doesn't mean "with exceptions" by any stretch
> of the imagination.

My, you're slow. Hint: "estoppel author:Linus author:Torvalds".

<quote author=Torvalds>

However, the few extra lines in the main COPYING file end up being
somewhat binding to others, simply because they are _so_ public (they 
are, after all, in the _main_ COPYING file) and they have been there 
pretty much since the beginning, that they would basically end up 
being a very strong argument in any legal case where some random 
kernel developer would try to argue that it doesn't cover "their" 
code.

</quote>

That's wrong. Linus' "clarifications" apply only to Linus's work 
and no one else's work (unless it's clearly stated by the copyright 
owner). What he said doesn't override the GPL terms. 

regards,
alexander.


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