Re: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers

From: David Lang
Date: Wed Feb 21 2007 - 18:51:45 EST

On Wed, 21 Feb 2007, Michael K. Edwards wrote:

But wait, you say -- the Evil Linker modified, copied, and distributed
my POP server too! That makes him subject to the terms of the GPL.
And you're right; but to understand what that means, you're going to
need to understand how a lawsuit for copyright infringement works.
The very, very, very concise version is:

<argument snipped for brevity>

I understand why you say that the Evil Linker's program isn't covered by the GPL, but your argument makes it sound like the modified POP server doesn't need to have it's source released. This I don't understand, it contains the origional source code, so what right does Evil Linker have to distribute it (or a modified version).

you are comeing dangerously close to saying that the GPL is meaningless and putting something under it is the same as putting it under public domain. There is case law now that says that this isn't the case (although I agree that it's not nearly as broad as it's proponents would like it to be)

David Lang
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