TPM & GPLv2
Posted Jun 14, 2006 7:47 UTC (Wed) by coriordan
In reply to: TPM & GPLv2
Parent article: Interview: Harald Welte (part 1)
When DRM prevents users from being able to adapt GPL'd software to suit their needs, it violates the "spirit", the "licensor's intent", and implicit provisions ("complete source code") in GPLv2.
These things have legal value, but GPLv3 makes these things explicit so as to create a more solid base for free software copyright holders to stand on if they should need to enforce their licence. Making things clear and explicit is important because every court case involves a certain amount of chance, and interpretations and precedents may differ around the world.
Also, making things clear and explicit may deter some infringements. People won't base a business model on something that will obviously fail in court.
What does Linus want / not want? I haven't been able to understand his comments.
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