Subject: Re: GPL code contamination?
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Richard Earnshaw <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 04/24/2005 13:51:04
> You're right that that could happen (someone put the GPL on code covered
> by a patent for which they do not have the right to distribute patent
> access). It would be a very unusual legal situation, as the code would not
> be legally GPL-able. :-)

See the entry for July 19, 2002 here:

While it doesn't say that this license extends only to gcc (well, maybe to
all GPLed software), it would be a brave person who assumed otherwise and didn't check.