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Re: linux gpl question



On Thu, 25 Apr 2002, David Starner wrote:

>On Thu, Apr 25, 2002 at 09:35:44PM -0600, John Galt wrote:
>> No, he doesn't have to do anything at all with his patches.  They aren't 
>> the FSF's to define the license for.  For ONLY the work he authored or 
>> has the rights of authorship in, he may do whatever he wishes with it.
>
>A patch to a program is a derivative work of the program, in most cases.
>Hence, you need permission of the copyright owner to distribute it;
>lacking direct permission (rather painful for the kernel), you have to
>distribute it under the GPL if you distribute it.

Only assuming that you distribute the patched kernel as a unit.  It is 
entirely feasable to distribute the patches as a separately copyrightable 
entity.
 


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