[linux-dvb] Multiproto API/Driver Update

Steven Toth stoth at linuxtv.org
Mon Sep 15 00:27:25 CEST 2008

Andreas Oberritter wrote:
> Steven Toth wrote:
>> Markus Rechberger wrote:
>>> Great move Steven! Can we move the TDA10048 code over, maybe adding
>>> a note that it's dual licensed would be nice?
>> In principle yes.
>> I'd like to see an example of dual license just to make sure it has no 
>> nasty side effects.
>> Can you point me at one of your dual-license drivers so I can review the 
>> wording?
> AFAIK the biggest problem with dual licensing is that you cannot merge
> patches from Linus' tree, because they are not dual licensed (unless, of
> course, you'll get the permission from the contributors).

That's also been my understanding in the past.

As the copyright owner I'm legally entitled to generate a separate 
license for the code I originally merged into Linus's tree, though - 
correct? (Perhaps not any updates that were subsequently made to that 
code by the community).

I guess this is would be seen legally as two pieces of code with two 
distinct licenses, not a dual license... or maybe I'm splitting hairs.

Regardless, it will be an interest exercise to review the proposed dual 
license, even if nothing good can come from it.

- Steve

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