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Re: Linux kernel complete licence check, Q.11

Scripsit Giacomo Catenazzi <cate@dplanet.ch>

> As a special exception, if other files instantiate templates or use
> macros or inline functions from these files, or you compile these
> files and link them with other works to produce a work based on these
> files, these files do not by themselves cause the resulting work to be
> covered by the GNU General Public License. However the source code for
> these files must still be made available in accordance with section (3)
> of the GNU General Public License.

> "As a special exception".
> I don't understand the paragraph!

Hmm, it is slightly weird. It seems that the author cannot quite
decide whether to exempt or not.

> Are the files in the dir still GPL? Is it a kind of dual license, GPL and
> at your option the extra modification/linking right?

It seems so. Since the exception only grants extra rights (if it
grants anything at all), we'd be in the clear by treating it as if it
was pure GPL.

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                             they are down here gathering data every season,
                       they're publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.
                     They're wrong, I think, but they are still scientists."

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