Re: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers

From: Joshua Simmons
Date: Fri Feb 16 2007 - 08:30:38 EST

> > Not one person is claiming they have a patent on whatever it is that
> > V J's company is putting out (especially since we have no idea what
> > that might be). Patents != copyright.
> That's exactly what they're doing. Knowing only the *function* of his
> program, they are claiming it must obey their licensing terms. They have no
> idea exactly how he chose to implement that function, but claim they must
> own it anyway.

They are not claiming ownership of his code. They are claiming ownership of THEIR
code. V J is taking their code, adding on to it and selling the result. Without
the GPL, V J cannot legally do this. With the GPL, he can legally do this IF he
also gives out the complete source. I fail to see how anything you are saying
absolves him of this requirement.

Joshua Simmons
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