Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 22, 2006 22:40 UTC (Fri) by Richard_J_Neill
In reply to: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
> If you make it impossible to ship GPLv3 software in devices that are
> critical to those companies' future (players for protected content, cell
> phones meeting FCC type certification rules, etc.), then they won't use
> GPLv3 software.
This is backwards. What RMS is trying to do is ensure that the user cannot be bound by such unnecessary restrictions. "Protected content" should never exist - and hardware that can, by design, bypass the protection (or be hacked to do so) is good for both the consumer and the manufacturer.
I do take your point about FCC power-level rules - but that sort of limit ought to be implemented in silicon, if for no other reason than to avoid potential harm from driver bugs.
RMS has a habit of being right in the longterm, and he has my complete trust.
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