Subject: Re: Firmware and kernel image compression
To: None <email@example.com>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: 09/17/2002 12:07:18
>> I realize that this package is GPLed, and I do not intend to put
>> GPLed code in the kernel. I will clone the decompression engine and
>> provide a non-GPLed version.
> If (and I'm not sure you can) escape the GPL license by recoding, you
> cannot escape the copyright (on the algorythm) that way.
I don't think algorithms can be copyrighted. Otherwise cleanrooming
wouldn't be possible at all.
And yes, provided you are copying at a high enough level (underlying
algorithms, ideas), recoding does avoid the license issues. Otherwise
Linux wouldn't've been able to reimplement TCP and GPL the result. :-)
Of course, IANAL, and if it raelly matters to you, find a good IP
lawyer and ask what applies in your jurisdiction. But I think what
I've said is true of most of "the Western world" (insofar as the term
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