[linux-dvb] [Em28xx] MPL-licensed V4L kernel modules (em2880)

Markus Rechberger mrechberger at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 11:38:00 CEST 2007

On 7/10/07, Jakob Petsovits <jpetso at gmx.at> wrote:
> On Saturday, 7. July 2007, Markus Rechberger wrote:
> > only my new sources are MPL licensed there; the v4l-dvb maincode is of
> > course GPL.
> > Even though it doesn't matter anymore the people who lead me to that
> > step know how the code will get merged into the kernel now. It's out
> > of the scope of linuxtv.org due useless delaying all that work.
> Er, excuse my baffledness, but how do you plan to get code merged into the
> kernel if it isn't GPL?

there's nothing to worry about, the modified target code is GPL again.

> Also, mind that the GPL being viral means that any code which bases on GPL
> sources must be GPL (or GPL compatible) as well. Afaik, the MPL is not GPL
> compatible, so if you put your new code exclusively under the MPL and at the
> same time use the GPL-licensed v4l-dvb maincode as a base, you are violating
> the GPL.
> I am not a lawyer, of course. Please consult someone with good insight, for
> example, the Software Freedom Law Center at http://www.softwarefreedom.org/
> Regards,
>   Jakob
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Markus Rechberger

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