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From Joe Schaefer <joe_schae...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: fair use (was Re: What licenses in category X satisfy criterion #2?)
Date Wed, 12 Mar 2008 02:25:21 GMT

--- Justin Erenkrantz <justin@erenkrantz.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 4:01 PM, Joe Schaefer
> <joe_schaefer@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >  But I did not say "linking", which is a
> relationship
> >  between two binary files, I said "using".  In C,
> >  there is a concept known as loadable modules.  It
> >  is my opinion that a closed source distributor of
> >  loadable modules for httpd may package some GPL'd
> >  modules into their distribution, and as long as
> >  they honor the terms of the GPL on those modules,
> >  they need not do so on the others.  Even if those
> >  other proprietary modules make optional calls
> into
> >  the GPL modules' interfaces.
> 
> At the very least, this is at odds with the
> perspective of many people
> who release GPL software.  Simply invoking any GPL
> code (ie your
> 'using') is enough that they intend that you release
> all of your code
> as GPL.  GregKH says in
> http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/ols_2006_keynote.html
> 
> "Closed source Linux modules are illegal."
> 
> (Search for: "So, here's the simple answer to this
> issue:"...)

Thanks.  I don't think the kernel analogy holds tight,
because httpd isn't GPL.  In the case I'm considering,
the proprietary module author is just pulling in a
symbol and recasting it.  I don't think any GPL'd
object files would be generated by such an act.



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