Re: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Sun Feb 18 2007 - 15:21:17 EST


> >> (See, among other cases, Lexmark. v. Static
> >> Controls.) A copyright is not a patent, you can only
> >own something if there
> >> are multiple equally good ways to do it and you claim
> >*one* of them.
> >
> >Only in a world where "write a Linux module" is a
> >"functional idea." I
> >don't think that the legal world in the US is an
> >example of such a
> >world, though you clearly do.
> ---
> "Interface the xyz device to the Linux kernel" is a
> functional idea in
> pretty much the same sense that the Lexmark case
> involved. You
> generally can't copyright functional interfaces; there
> is a strong
> prejudice towards allowing interoperability.

You are welcome to write kernel modules without including *any* header
files. That may be ok in parts of US based on precedent you cite.

Somehow I do not think v j is doing, so he is violating our copyright.
Seems simple to me...


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