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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2004 10:18:08 +0200

Rui Miguel Seabra <> wrote:
> The EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL serves mainly to protect the Linux programmers



Some kernel developers are unhappy with providing external interfaces 
to their code, only to see those interfaces being used by binary only 
modules. They view it as their work being appropriated. Whether you 
agree with that view or not is completely irrelevant, the person who 
owns the copyright decides how their work can be used. 


> against bug reports made by people who subject themselves to draconian
> licensing schemes in order to get a binary driver to fulfill some
> [tipically] petty need.

All what's needed to "protect the Linux programmers" is a flag telling
whether the code is publicly available for inspection and debugging. It 
has really nothing to do with EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL and "tainting" idiocy, 
you MINI-ME (the real RMS is Dr. Evil).


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