Re: z8530drv at last...
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: z8530drv at last...
- From: Richard Stallman <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 16 Dec 1994 13:50:12 -0500
- Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- In-reply-to: <m0rIbLo-0001ZSC@iiit.swan.ac.uk> (email@example.com)
This program is free software FOR AMATEUR RADIO USE ONLY; you can
redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the (modified)
GNU General Public License delivered with the LinuX kernel source
--- as long it is still FOR AMATEUR RADIO USE;
This is a self-contradictory statement.
I do not know what this program does. So I don't know whether it is a
separate program, or an add-on to the Linux kernel.
If it is a separate program, then legally the author can choose
whatever distribution terms he wishes (though under US copyright law
they can only restrict copying, distribution and modification--not
execution of the program).
But if he doesn't want to permit what the GPL permits, then he has to
write other terms.
If the program is an add-on, then another issue arises.
The Linux kernel is covered by the GPL. If this program is an add-on
to the Linux kernel, then it has to be available under the GPL too (or
more permissive terms) so that the whole modified Linux kernel *can*
be distributed under the GPL. You can't add any restrictions to an
add-on to a GPL-covered program; preventing that is one of the main
purposes of the GPL.