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Legal Clarifications About the Kernel by Linus Torvalds

This is a fairly long explanation by Linus Torvalds regarding the kernel's licensing and how this licensing applies to foreign code:

Feel free to post/add this. I wrote it some time ago for a corporate lawyer who wondered what the "GPL exception" was. Names and companies removed not because I think they are ashamed, but because I don't want people to read too much into them. Linus ----- Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 13:16:45 -0700 (PDT) From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@transmeta.com> To: Xxxx Xxxxxx <xxxxx@xxx.xxxx.com> Subject: Re: GPL, Richard Stallman, and the Linux kernel [ This is not, of course, a legal document, but if you want to forward it to anybody else, feel free to do so. And if you want to argue legal points with me or point somehting out, I'm always interested. To a point ;-] On Fri, 19 Oct 2001, Xxxx Xxxxxx wrote: > > I've been exchanging e-mail with Richard Stallman for a couple of > weeks about the finer points of the GPL. I feel your pain. > I've have spent time pouring through mailing list archives, usenet, > and web search engines to find out what's already been covered about > your statement of allowing dynamically loaded kernel modules with > proprietary code to co-exist with the Linux kernel. So far I've > been unable to find anything beyond vague statements attributed to > you. If these issues are addressed somewhere already, please refer > me. Well, it really boils down to the equivalent of "_all_ derived ...

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