[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH] dma-buf: Use EXPORT_SYMBOL

Alan Cox alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk
Wed Oct 17 03:38:02 PDT 2012

On Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:22:04 +1000
Dave Airlie <airlied at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Alan Cox <alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> wrote:
> >> > Please go and discuss estoppel, wilful infringement and re-licensing with
> >> > your corporate attorneys. If you want to relicense components of the code
> >> > then please take the matter up with the corporate attorneys of the rights
> >> > holders concerned.
> >>
> >> Alan please stick with the facts. This isn't a relicense of anything.
> >
> > In your opinion. Are you a qualified IP attorney - NO. Are you my lawyer
> > - NO. Does my laywer disagree with you - YES.
> Okay then we should remove this code from the kernel forthwith, as I
> showed it was illegally relicensed previously in your lawyers opinion.

That would not be the same question I asked my lawyer.

Anyway I refer you to the Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1.

Anything Signed off was submitted under the GPL and so is usable as part
of a GPL derived work, but not as part of a non GPL derived work. Thus
Nouveau can happily use it for example. Simples.

And as I said before if Nvidia believe the _GPL makes no difference and
their work is not derivative then it's clearly within their power to just
ignore it, at which point *they* take the risk on their own.

From the fact this patch keeps getting resubmitted despite repeated
objection I deduce they are in fact of the view it does matter and that
therefore it is a licensing change and they are scared of the
consequences of ignoring it.


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