Subject: Re: Licence question - Linux sources
To: Matthew Orgass <>
From: Dave Huang <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/07/2000 08:20:18
On Tue, 7 Mar 2000, Matthew Orgass wrote:
>   This mailing list is for the NetBSD operating system, not Linux. 

I suspect <> realizes that :) The question was
whether the source files could be integrated into NetBSD.

> However, to answer your question, the entire Linux kernel is under the
> GPL, even if individual files do not specify it (though some authors might
> also make their code available under different licenses).  NetBSD has a

But the question was whether the individual file was under the GPL...
although IANAL and know little about IP licensing, etc... it seems like
a file with no license agreement at all is copyrighted to the author of
the code, and one would have to talk to him about the license terms. I
do not think it's automatically GPLed because it's in the Linux kernel,
but it's not public domain either.
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