Question Regarding GPL

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Jan 21 05:06:25 UTC 2006

Rick Moen scripsit:

> > My understanding of Galoob says that there should be no copyright
> > issues involved with linking as long as the result is not saved. 
> I'm not clear on Galoob's relevance, here:  A Linux kernel module _does_
> get saved to disk -- by its author.  Ergo, it isn't just a transitory
> creation in RAM a la Galoob.

His point was that under Galoob I can run a proprietary kernel module
assuming its author could legitimately create it -- that is, I am not
liable for the act of running it.  Which is good.

John Cowan  cowan at
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under the common law in the American colonies; so it was through more than
two centuries of jurisprudence in this country; and so it is today. 
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