RE: How to Avoid GPL Issue

From: Steven Cole (
Date: Tue Jul 01 2003 - 14:55:51 EST

On Tue, 2003-07-01 at 13:36, Heater, Daniel (IndSys, GEFanuc, VMIC)
> > We are trying to port a third party hardware driver into Linux kernel and
> > this third party vendor does not allow us to publish the source code. Is
> > there any approach that we can avoid publicizing the third party code
> while
> > porting to Linux? Do we need to write some shim layer code in Linux kernel
> > to interface the third party code? How can we do that? Is there any
> document
> > or samples?
> It depends on what you intend to do with your port. If it is only for
> internal use (you will not distribute the ported code in any form)
> then you may not be required to supply the source code to anyone. This is
> a common interpretation of the GPL (although I can not find explicit
> language providing for this interpretation in the license).

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