TPM and GPL(v2)
Posted Jun 18, 2006 16:48 UTC (Sun) by tialaramex
In reply to: TPM and GPL(v2)
Parent article: Interview: Harald Welte (part 1)
The legal requirement for radio transmission is that the user cannot /normally/ tweak the radio parameters outside those licensed. That means the manual shouldn't explain how to do it, and no amount of twiddling with the knobs, changing preference settings or other "user-type activity" can be permitted to exceed the licensed specifications - But it /doesn't/ mean you need to seal the entire product in resin, or that you must keep the source code secret. It should suffice to ensure that anyone modifying the system to exceed licensed specifications must be aware of their actions.
We /already know/ that people hack the existing binary-only firmware for 802.11 devices to uprate their power, and the relevant government agencies haven't done anything to punish the manufacturers because they quite reasonably blame the /users/ not the manufacturers for this unlicensed use.
Therefore the argument that software needs TPM to obey legal restrictions is a bogus one.
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