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Re: Can linux kernel claim it uses GPL v2?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Can linux kernel claim it uses GPL v2?
Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2006 11:00:19 -0500
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kero552 writes:
> My goal is to understand, why programs using kernel can be not-GPL, while
> programs using GPL library has to be GPL.

Whether or not a program can use the API of a GPL work without being GPL
itself is irrelevant to the kernel because the kernel authors have
explicitly permitted that.

The GPL is a model license, not a law.  The kernel authors have not
modified the text of the GPL, but they have provided an additional
statement.  The kernel license consists of the GPL plus that statement.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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