Who is responsible for proliferation of DRM?
Posted Sep 23, 2006 9:14 UTC (Sat) by Felix_the_Mac
In reply to: Who is responsible for proliferation of DRM?
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
"About device manufacturers not using our code, well, if their goal is to restrict us, then they would be using our code against us - so preventing our work from being turned against us is good."
I think you have to look at the costs and benefits:
+ Your work cannot be used against you
- Manufacturers of phones, media players, DVRs, consoles will stop using Linux. Maybe also voting machines, hospital equipment, nuclear power station equipment. Any area where the maufacturer believes that it is preferable that the user not be able to modify the running software.
- Any useful input they may have had (such as improvements for embedded devices, real time operation) will not arise.
- The GPL community is fractured between GPL2 and GPL3. Distributions have to drop packages from one side or the other.
- The GPL ecosystem grinds to a halt
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