"Derivative Work" for Software Defined

Ken Arromdee arromdee at rahul.net
Wed Jan 8 17:23:00 UTC 2003

On 8 Jan 2003, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> But, again, it's not unclear for Linux.  Linus has clearly stated that
> loadable binary modules are OK for Linux.  There is no confusion
> there.

But Linus doesn't own the copyright of all of the code in Linux.  If this
is just a personal exemption granted by Linus and isn't based on a legal
definition of "derivative work", it wouldn't apply to the whole thing, just
to the parts that he himself wrote.  I don't think a kernel containing only
the parts Linus owns personally would be much use.

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