GPLv3 doesn't say that
Posted Sep 23, 2006 12:55 UTC (Sat) by Felix_the_Mac
In reply to: GPLv3 doesn't say that
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
I said:"you may not use this software in a device which will not allow modified software to be run".
You said:"there is no use restriction."
Stallman said:"The basic change is that if someone, say the manufacturer of the Tivo, provides you a binary, then he must, as part of the requirement to provide the source code, give you whatever it takes to authorise your version so it will run."
Therefore the use restriction is that the manufacturer cannot use the GPL code in a device for which they are not willing to give you the signing key.
I support this position in principle, however if the practical effects are as suggested by the kernel developers in their letter, I do not believe that the risk to the GPL system is warranted.
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