DRM is not evil, just useless.
Posted Sep 23, 2006 10:25 UTC (Sat) by hummassa
In reply to: Re: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
And I have a hacked PlayStation Portable to prove. ;-)
But I had to wait one year 'till I could install any software _I_ wanted
in _my_ PSP. And that is evil... so, it's not DRM that is intrinsically
evil, but TiVo-ization is. The revised GPL3 draft, IMHO, is not anti-DRM,
but only anti-TiVo-ization. I can't believe it doesn't make _any_ kernel
developer really angry to think that if you buy a TiVo and download the
source code to it, you _can't_ hack the source code and install on _your_
TiVo, just because _you_ don't have the cryptographic key to install your
software on your TiVo.
So, in my opinion, the TiVo-ization thing is not a DRM thing, but a way of
closing a loophole in GPLv2; it states that you can't add restrictions to
the license, but the TiVo-ization does just that: adds restrictions to
what the end user can do with the otherwise GPLd software.
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