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Re: linux gpl question

On Fri, Apr 26, 2002 at 04:53:24PM -0600, John Galt wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Apr 2002, David Starner wrote:
> >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.

Not by my understanding. A patch will include generally include pieces
of the kernel source, and only make sense in the context of the kernel.
That makes it a derivative work of the kernel.

David Starner - starner@okstate.edu
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