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

From: Henrik Sundberg
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNS seems to be violating GPLv2
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 09:27:49 +0200

2008/5/10 Markus Laire <address@hidden>:
> On Fri, 09 May 2008 16:32:19 -0300
> Alexandre Oliva <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On May  9, 2008, Markus Laire <address@hidden> wrote:
>> > 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.
>> > Also, according to section 4 of GPLv2, such violation would
>> > automatically terminate the rights under the GPLv2.
>> Even though this strict interpretation may be correct, I don't think
>> it's black and white like that.
>> First of all, there's a question on
>> whether the changes at hand are copyrightable in the first place.
> I don't think that question is relevant here. If you modify files, you
> need to acknowledge that fact so that everyone knows that they are
> getting modified version, even if the changes are non-copyrightable.

Are the actual files copyrightable?
What is deemed to be original in the makefiles, for instance?


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