Re: [PATCH] paravirt.h

From: Jeremy Fitzhardinge
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 22:48:47 EST

Adrian Bunk wrote:
These are Linux specific operations.

Without an _GPL you are in the grey area where courts have to decide whether a module using this would be a derived work according to copyright law in $country_of_the_court and therefore has to be GPL.

With the _GPL, everything is clear without any lawyers involved.

Hardly. The _GPL is a hint as to the intent of the author, but it is no more than a hint.

My intent here (and I think the intent of the other authors) is not to cause breakage of things which currently work, so the _GPL is not appropriate for that reason. Paravirt_ops is a restatement of many interfaces which already exist in Linux in a non-_GPL form, so making the structure _GPL is effectively relicensing them.

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