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authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2017-10-18 06:47:59 -0400
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2017-10-18 06:47:59 -0400
commit3e0cc09a3a2c40ec1ffb6b4e12da86e98feccb11 (patch)
tree4a00438f8777cdbed5558277606b1fb0d7bc993b
parent96b0e525af62eb3dcc084b091b40add082467150 (diff)
parent9ed95129ffcabbde564b40ffbbf9c26e8702d858 (diff)
Merge tag 'enforcement-4.14-rc6' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/gregkh/driver-core
Pull enforcement policy update from Greg KH: "Documentation: Add a file explaining the requested Linux kernel license enforcement policy Here's a new file to the kernel's Documentation directory. It adds a short document describing the views of how the Linux kernel community feels about enforcing the license of the kernel. The patch has been reviewed by a large number of kernel developers already, as seen by their acks on the patch, and their agreement of the statement with their names on it. The location of the file was also agreed upon by the Documentation maintainer, so all should be good there. For some background information about this statement, see this article written by some of the kernel developers involved in drafting it: http://kroah.com/log/blog/2017/10/16/linux-kernel-community-enforcement-statement/ and this article that answers a number of questions that came up in the discussion of this statement with the kernel developer community: http://kroah.com/log/blog/2017/10/16/linux-kernel-community-enforcement-statement-faq/ If anyone has any further questions about it, please let me, and the TAB members, know and we will be glad to help answer them" * tag 'enforcement-4.14-rc6' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/gregkh/driver-core: Documentation: Add a file explaining the Linux kernel license enforcement policy
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submitting-patches
coding-style
email-clients
+ kernel-enforcement-statement
Other guides to the community that are of interest to most developers are:
diff --git a/Documentation/process/kernel-enforcement-statement.rst b/Documentation/process/kernel-enforcement-statement.rst
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+Linux Kernel Enforcement Statement
+----------------------------------
+
+As developers of the Linux kernel, we have a keen interest in how our software
+is used and how the license for our software is enforced. Compliance with the
+reciprocal sharing obligations of GPL-2.0 is critical to the long-term
+sustainability of our software and community.
+
+Although there is a right to enforce the separate copyright interests in the
+contributions made to our community, we share an interest in ensuring that
+individual enforcement actions are conducted in a manner that benefits our
+community and do not have an unintended negative impact on the health and
+growth of our software ecosystem. In order to deter unhelpful enforcement
+actions, we agree that it is in the best interests of our development
+community to undertake the following commitment to users of the Linux kernel
+on behalf of ourselves and any successors to our copyright interests:
+
+ Notwithstanding the termination provisions of the GPL-2.0, we agree that
+ it is in the best interests of our development community to adopt the
+ following provisions of GPL-3.0 as additional permissions under our
+ license with respect to any non-defensive assertion of rights under the
+ license.
+
+ However, if you cease all violation of this License, then your license
+ from a particular copyright holder is reinstated (a) provisionally,
+ unless and until the copyright holder explicitly and finally
+ terminates your license, and (b) permanently, if the copyright holder
+ fails to notify you of the violation by some reasonable means prior to
+ 60 days after the cessation.
+
+ Moreover, your license from a particular copyright holder is
+ reinstated permanently if the copyright holder notifies you of the
+ violation by some reasonable means, this is the first time you have
+ received notice of violation of this License (for any work) from that
+ copyright holder, and you cure the violation prior to 30 days after
+ your receipt of the notice.
+
+Our intent in providing these assurances is to encourage more use of the
+software. We want companies and individuals to use, modify and distribute
+this software. We want to work with users in an open and transparent way to
+eliminate any uncertainty about our expectations regarding compliance or
+enforcement that might limit adoption of our software. We view legal action
+as a last resort, to be initiated only when other community efforts have
+failed to resolve the problem.
+
+Finally, once a non-compliance issue is resolved, we hope the user will feel
+welcome to join us in our efforts on this project. Working together, we will
+be stronger.
+
+Except where noted below, we speak only for ourselves, and not for any company
+we might work for today, have in the past, or will in the future.
+
+ - Bjorn Andersson (Linaro)
+ - Andrea Arcangeli (Red Hat)
+ - Neil Armstrong
+ - Jens Axboe
+ - Pablo Neira Ayuso
+ - Khalid Aziz
+ - Ralf Baechle
+ - Felipe Balbi
+ - Arnd Bergmann
+ - Ard Biesheuvel
+ - Paolo Bonzini (Red Hat)
+ - Christian Borntraeger
+ - Mark Brown (Linaro)
+ - Paul Burton
+ - Javier Martinez Canillas
+ - Rob Clark
+ - Jonathan Corbet
+ - Vivien Didelot (Savoir-faire Linux)
+ - Hans de Goede (Red Hat)
+ - Mel Gorman (SUSE)
+ - Sven Eckelmann
+ - Alex Elder (Linaro)
+ - Fabio Estevam
+ - Larry Finger
+ - Bhumika Goyal
+ - Andy Gross
+ - Juergen Gross
+ - Shawn Guo
+ - Ulf Hansson
+ - Tejun Heo
+ - Rob Herring
+ - Masami Hiramatsu
+ - Michal Hocko
+ - Simon Horman
+ - Johan Hovold (Hovold Consulting AB)
+ - Christophe JAILLET
+ - Olof Johansson
+ - Lee Jones (Linaro)
+ - Heiner Kallweit
+ - Srinivas Kandagatla
+ - Jan Kara
+ - Shuah Khan (Samsung)
+ - David Kershner
+ - Jaegeuk Kim
+ - Namhyung Kim
+ - Colin Ian King
+ - Jeff Kirsher
+ - Greg Kroah-Hartman (Linux Foundation)
+ - Christian König
+ - Vinod Koul
+ - Krzysztof Kozlowski
+ - Viresh Kumar
+ - Aneesh Kumar K.V
+ - Julia Lawall
+ - Doug Ledford (Red Hat)
+ - Chuck Lever (Oracle)
+ - Daniel Lezcano
+ - Shaohua Li
+ - Xin Long (Red Hat)
+ - Tony Luck
+ - Mike Marshall
+ - Chris Mason
+ - Paul E. McKenney
+ - David S. Miller
+ - Ingo Molnar
+ - Kuninori Morimoto
+ - Borislav Petkov
+ - Jiri Pirko
+ - Josh Poimboeuf
+ - Sebastian Reichel (Collabora)
+ - Guenter Roeck
+ - Joerg Roedel
+ - Leon Romanovsky
+ - Steven Rostedt (VMware)
+ - Ivan Safonov
+ - Ivan Safonov
+ - Anna Schumaker
+ - Jes Sorensen
+ - K.Y. Srinivasan
+ - Heiko Stuebner
+ - Jiri Kosina (SUSE)
+ - Dmitry Torokhov
+ - Linus Torvalds
+ - Thierry Reding
+ - Rik van Riel
+ - Geert Uytterhoeven (Glider bvba)
+ - Daniel Vetter
+ - Linus Walleij
+ - Richard Weinberger
+ - Dan Williams
+ - Rafael J. Wysocki
+ - Arvind Yadav
+ - Masahiro Yamada
+ - Wei Yongjun
+ - Lv Zheng