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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNS seems to be violating GPLv2

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNS seems to be violating GPLv2
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 00:22:26 +0930 (CST)
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On Fri, May 9, 2008 18:17, Markus Laire wrote:
> I just noticed that gNS-project seems to be violating GPLv2 license of
> Linux Kernel.

This is a problem, but i'm sure we can remedy it.

> The section 2a of GPLv2 says "You must cause the modified files to
> carry prominent notices stating that you changed the files and the date
> of any change."
> Several files in Linux Kernel have been changed in gNS without
> including such a notice (as one example: sound/pci/Makefile) which
> seems to be clear violation of GPLv2.

On behalf of the project (if i'm allowed to speak for it), sorry 'bout
that. We can try and make sure it doesnt happen again.
> Also, according to section 4 of GPLv2, such violation would
> automatically terminate the rights under the GPLv2.
> So what should gNS-project do to fix this?

Presumably fix the violation.

> Of course appropriate notices needs to be added. In addition, should
> the gNS-project make sure that the person(s) who did the
> changes don't do any kernel-modifications for the project from now on
> since they don't seem to have the right to do that anymore?

I dont think its a case of "no right anymore". Neither do i think we
should stop the person(s) involved working on Linux anymore, because i'm
fairly sure that would kill the project.

> ps. According to address@hidden, if your rights under GPLv2 have been
> automatically terminated according to section 4 of GPLv2, "You
> need to get in contact with the copyright holder(s) of the software and
> ask for a formal restoration of the license." to get those right back.

I'll take their word for it - i didnt realise it was that extreme.

> --
> Markus Laire

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