Re: GPL Violation?

From: Bernd Petrovitsch
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 05:17:25 EST

On Fri, 2006-08-18 at 10:04 +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-08-18 at 10:53 +0200, Bernd Petrovitsch wrote:
> > If you tamper with the product "as you like" (read: in unintended
> > ways, not through officially available interfaces, etc.), there are
> > IMHO (in .at) no disclaimers necessary - the producer has no
> > responsibility any more from the moment you start tampering.
> No responsibility under warranty, I agree. But that's entirely

And there are several other aspects (at least in .at).

> irrelevant to the discussion at hand, as far as I can tell.


> Your tampering does _not_ mean that they no longer have to comply with
> the licence terms of the software they've shipped on the device. If it's

Of course (sorry, that was apparently not enough).

> Windows, they still need to pay Microsoft for it. And if it's Linux they
> still need to release all the relevant source code.

Probably more on-topic:
We have law people in .at who think/propose/have the opinion that one
entity as seen by the user/consumer has one license. So if you pack a
GPL program on it, the whole entity is GPL.
Given the current common method of providing one firmware image per
device for download to upgrade/bugfix, the producer of that image must
adhere to the GPL for *all+ of the source code of that image (+
necessary toolchain etc.).
The reasoning is: The user/consumer sees one thing and that's it.

If such an interpretation is "good" or "bad" (and for whom) is another
The counter strategies to work around that are probably obvious.

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