This Article examines the intersection of Linux loadable kernel modules and the license under which Linux is distributed, the General Public License (GPL) Version 2. Section I of this Article discusses ambiguous terms contained within the GPL and various interpretations of these ambiguities. Next, Section II analyzes the changing scope of legal protection for computer software, particularly as it pertains to derivative works and as applied to loadable kernel modules. Section III highlights provisions contained within the GPL that may attempt to reach beyond a traditional works analysis and examines these provisions in light of recent developments at the intersection of contract law and intellectual property licensing.
Curt Blake & Joseph Probst,
Loaded Question: Examining Loadable Kernel Modules under the General Public License v2,
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