Subject: Re: Firmware and kernel image compression
To: David Laight <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/17/2002 09:00:04
On Tue, Sep 17, 2002 at 11:08:55AM +0100, David Laight wrote:

 > Yes - you break the copyright!
 > If (and I'm not sure you can) escape the GPL license by recoding,
 > you cannot escape the copyright (on the algorythm) that way.

The algorithm is not copyrighted ... the implementation is.  You cannot
copyright an algorithm (you can patent an algorithm, err, "process", but
that has not been done in this case).

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>