[PATCH] power: reset: qnap-poweroff: Fix License String
u.kleine-koenig at pengutronix.de
Mon Jan 21 03:11:29 EST 2013
On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 12:47:29PM -0800, Anton Vorontsov wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 09:13:36PM +0100, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 07:15:26PM +0100, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > > GPLv2+ is not a valid license string. Replace it with one that is.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Andrew Lunn <andrew at lunn.ch>
> > > ---
> > > drivers/power/reset/qnap-poweroff.c | 2 +-
> > > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/drivers/power/reset/qnap-poweroff.c b/drivers/power/reset/qnap-poweroff.c
> > > index ca0b476..8af772b 100644
> > > --- a/drivers/power/reset/qnap-poweroff.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/power/reset/qnap-poweroff.c
> > > @@ -121,4 +121,4 @@ module_platform_driver(qnap_power_off_driver);
> > >
> > > MODULE_AUTHOR("Andrew Lunn <andrew at lunn.ch>");
> > > MODULE_DESCRIPTION("QNAP Power off driver");
> > > -MODULE_LICENSE("GPLv2+");
> > > +MODULE_LICENSE("GPL v2");
> > This change is wrong.
> > According to include/linux/module.h "GPL v2" means exactly that: version
> > 2. As the file specifies v2 or later in the header you have to use "GPL"
> > which means v2 or later.
> Does it even make sense to have the two separate things ("GPL v2" and
Yeah. If you had another OS project that uses GPL-4 you can just copy
over a GPL-2+ driver to it, not an GPL-2 driver. So assuming the kernel
will stay at GPL-2 forever it doesn't make any difference for the
kernel. But other projects might benefit. (And if in the future someone
might want to change the kernel to GPL-4, she only needs to contact the
GPL-2 authors and can legally change GPL-2+ to GPL-4+.)
> Suppose there is a global change that modifies a bunch of drivers, some of
> them are GPLv2+. Now, the author of the global change is submitting it
> under "GPL v2 only" license, which, by definition, turns any GPLv2+ code
> into "GPL v2 only", right?
See http://yarchive.net/comp/linux/dual_license_bsd_gpl.html for Linus'
POV. It's an old mail, but I think it still applies.
> So, changing from GPLv2+ to "GPL v2 only" is OK, but not the other way
OK as in (probably) legal. OK as in fair is questionable.
> IANAL, tho.
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