[clug] The GPL and kernel modules

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Tue Jun 20 07:33:54 GMT 2006

On 20 Jun 2006, Hugh Fisher <hugh.fisher at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> A nicely written article about Linux and the GPL.
> <http://www.wasabisystems.com/gpl/>
> Interesting and disturbing statistics about OEM behaviour, why
> the new US Sarbanes-Oxley legislation gives the FSF a bigger
> club to wield against GPL violators, and a discussion - from
> an actual legal department - of whether nor not kernel modules
> can be closed source.
> (The authors are embedded systems developers so possibly have
> a bias, but I couldn't detect any.)

Cui bono?  "Using GPL'd software is legally risky -> use BSD -> get help
from Wasabi to use BSD".  Having that motivation doesn't make them
wrong.  But Eben Moglen calls it "pure anti-GPL FUD".



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