[linux-audio-user] Interesting Tidbit: The Midas XL8 uses Linux

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Sun Jun 11 02:29:27 EDT 2006

On Sat, 2006-06-10 at 18:04 -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-06-10 at 16:50 -0500, Jan Depner wrote:
> > On Sat, 2006-06-10 at 14:23 -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> > > Nvidia driver is a special case - it is not a derived work of the kernel
> > > because they use the same binary blob the Windows driver uses.
> > > 
> > > I covered this earlier in the thread.
> > > 
> > 
> >     That's merely semantics, you can use any binary blob you want as
> > long as you don't derive from GPL'ed software.  It makes absolutely no
> > difference what it was "specifically designed" to run on.  This is a
> > matter of copyright law, not coding.
> > 
> Um.... of course it's a matter of copyright law, that's what this thread
> is about.  Who said anything about coding?
> My point was that as far as copyright law is concerned, a driver written
> for the Linux kernel is a derived work of Linux.
> Of course I could be wrong as it has not been tested in court, but that
> seems to be the consensus among the kernel people who have talked to
> lawyers about it.

    That's the consensus among kernel people.  Not lawyers.  Take it to
court first.  It has zero chance in that venue.

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
The Fuzzy Dice

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this we should do freely and generously."

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