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Date:	Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:15:47 +0000
From:	Ian Campbell <>
To:	Wei Liu <>,
	David Vrabel <>
CC:	Xen-devel <>,
	open list <>,
	Boris Ostrovsky <>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/3] xen-netback: fix license ident used in

On Fri, 2016-01-22 at 13:49 +0000, Wei Liu wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 01:14:24PM +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
> > On 22/01/16 12:34, Wei Liu wrote:
> > > The comment at the beginning of the file is the canonical source of
> > > licenses for this module. Currently it contains GPL and MIT license.
> > > Fix
> > > the code to reflect the reality.
> > 
> > "The MIT license" isn't really a thing.  The closest is the X11
> > license[1], but this not applicable here either since the text in the
> > drivers does not refer to X11 trademarks etc.
> > 
> That was referring to the license ident string in Linux.  If MIT license
> isn't a thing, why would Linux have it at all?

The fact what include/linux/license.h:license_is_gpl_compatible includes
"Dual MIT/GPL" as an option seems to suggest that it is enough of a thing
to be validly used as the contents of a MODULE_LICENSE() thing.

It's also in , the fact that it might
be confused for other licenses used by MIT notwithstanding.

FWIW seems to think that the
wording most commonly called the "MIT License" might be the "Expat
license", rather than the "X11 License" which is similar but different.


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