Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 23, 2006 22:27 UTC (Sat) by jake
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
While I support the kernel developers (or the subset that agree with this position paper) right to decide whatever they wish about GPLv3, I am a bit surprised that they would be so against the 'anti-DRM' provisions.
If I write a piece of software and freely share it with the world (subject to the GPL) and some company incorporates it into their device, I would *require* the ability to modify that software and run it on that device. Companies go out of business and/or lose interest in older products frequently. If there is a critical security issue (for instance) with software that I wrote on a device and I can't fix that for myself (or my friends or family who might have purchased that device), it would be totally unacceptable.
I am essentially charging anyone who wants to use the software that I wrote by requiring them to publish any modifications that they make and to allow me (and by extension others) to modify it and run it on that device. If they don't wish to do that, they can choose to use some other software, write it themselves or pay me to re-license it so they can make it unmodifiable.
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