Re: Promise SATA driver GPL'd

From: Martin Diehl (
Date: Wed Jul 23 2003 - 07:32:41 EST

On 23 Jul 2003, Alan Cox wrote:

> On Mer, 2003-07-23 at 11:51, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > v2 or later. The GPL only permits "any version" or "n or later".
> > This implicitely says that if the version of the GPL is specified it's
> > fixed.
> It says you may use "this or any later version" or you may not specify.
> It doesn't permit you to specify "this version alone". See the no
> additional restrictions clause

Sorry, IANAL of course, but IMHO this can't be true:

If the copyright holder puts a note on his code saying it is released
under version 2 of the GPL then clearly neither the "or any later" nor the
"not specified" cases apply. And I really fail to see how one could
argue this were an additional restriction compared to GPL v2 literally!

Btw, you aren't saying linux-kernel would *not* come with a valid GPL,
according to linux/COPYING, are you?


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