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Linux DevCenter: Why Binary-Only Linux Kernel Modules Are Illegal

Aug 09, 2006, 17:15 (7 Talkback[s])

"Rick Moen's LinuxMafia.com knowledgebase has some great information. I ran across a series of postings the other day that clarified the problem with loadable Linux kernel modules at the GPL.

"As usual, the dividing line between legal and illegal (or permitted and infringing) rests on the legal definition of a derivative work. The usual 'is it linking?' question brought up by the GPL is sort of misleading here. As well, Linus' policy during the early years of the kernel can be a little confusing..."

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