Re: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers

From: Bernd Petrovitsch
Date: Fri Feb 16 2007 - 04:58:45 EST

On Thu, 2007-02-15 at 18:36 -0600, Scott Preece wrote:
> Note that it is possible that what vj said is strictly true. IF the
> product they ship is non-modifiable, then it's hard to argue that
> anyone else could maintain it. And if the drivers are for devices

The GPL has no special handling for that case.

> proprietary to their hardware, then they have no real value to anyone
> else. And the drivers MIGHT contain information useful to their actual
> competitors. I have no knowledge as to whether those conditions

And that may a (BTW invalid) reason for lots of companies but you
probably won't find an exception in the GPLv2 for this.
And if you infringe on others' patents, you should probably look
elsewhere for a solution of that problem.

> actually apply.

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