RE: GPL Violation?

From: Alan Cox
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 12:28:59 EST

Ar Gwe, 2006-08-18 am 02:51 -0700, ysgrifennodd David Schwartz:
> Otherwise, for example, a printer by Lexmark could require a poem with the
> words 'Copyright, Lexmark Inc.' at the end to be in a chip in the printer
> cartridge and refuse to work if it wasn't there. This would, if enforceable,
> prevent anyone from making compatible cartridges.

True once upon a time (and people did this for IBM clone PC systems when
IBM tried that in graphics cards)

Once the phrase "Copyright, Lexamrk Inc." is checked to ascertain
permissions you are in the world of the EUCD and DMCA. You are
subverting a rights management system which places you on interestingly
vague ground.

EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL is clearly a rights management systems. Thats one of
its little charms.


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