Bad, bad DRM
Posted Sep 24, 2006 14:24 UTC (Sun) by drag
In reply to: Bad, bad DRM
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Are you sure that is legal, replacing the BIOS like that?
I don't own one, and I don't realy want one, but isn't part of reason TiVO signs the kernel is so that it protect userland from fiddling?
Hasn't TiVO entered into legal aggrements with media companies so you can do Pay per View and stuff like that and those companies require DRM-like stuff to 'protect' their content? I mean, for instance, if I hack the board by replacing the bios and I distribute bios chips for the TiVO and this allowed users to 'unprotect' protected content then I figure this a violation of the DMCA in the united states.
Are you prepared to allow people to be arrested by hacking on machines using your code if digitally signed versions of your software are part of a DRM sceme?
If your willing then that's fine. It's your code and such. (Just like I ain't going to 'player hate' BSD license using programmers) Just as long as you realise that it's pretty likely that it will end up being illegal to hack the Linux kernel in many situations were the user owns the devices in question.
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