RE: GPL and NON GPL version modules

From: Xavier Bestel
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 04:51:51 EST

On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 05:42, David Schwartz wrote:
> > 1. I developed a code which interfaces well with a proprietary OS. Now,
> > somebody else feels to use the same module in his Linux Kernel. So, he
> > comes up with a patch, which interfaces and talks to my module with my
> > interfaces and then makes a release with the patch. And, I would have no
> > idea of my module being really compatible/used in Linux Kernel. One fine
> > day, I would get a mail saying that I need to make my code open source.
> > What would be my reply?
> When you say "makes a release with the patch", what are you talking about?
> A release of what? It sounds like all you need to do is include a note in
> your license that you prohibit combining your code with GPL'd code and
> distributing the result. Talk to a lawyer about the right wording, but you
> want to impose complying with any GPL obligations on the person who chooses
> to combine your code with GPL'd code. Then it's not your problem.
> However, I don't see how it's your problem anyway. This sounds way outside
> the scope of the GPL or any copyright license. Since your module is not a
> derivative work of any GPL'd work, it should be well outside the scope of
> the GPL.

Unless the "someone else will release a GPL wrapper to my proprietary
module" accident is planned from the start.


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