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KT.Linuxcare.com: Possible GPL Violations In Kernel Source

Nov 06, 2000, 18:31 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Mark Spencer found this suspicious-looking text in the NFTL (NAND Flash Translation Layer) driver source:

The contents of this file are distributed under the GNU Public Licence version 2 ("GPL"). The legal note below refers only to the _use_ of the code in some jurisdictions, and does not in any way affect the copying, distribution and modification of this code, which is permitted under the terms of the GPL."
"Mark felt that the ISDN case was not a GPL violation, "because the authors of the code do not place any additional restrictions on the GPL whatsoever, they simply bring it to your attention that using an un-certified ISDN stack may be illegal in some countries." But he went on:
...I've already brought this to the attention, of course, of RMS and ESR. Richard believes that this violates the GPL because it places additional restrictions not found in the GPL. In any case, it seems pretty obvious that this restriction violates section 6 of the Open Source Definition..."

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