DRM and public benefit.
Posted Sep 25, 2006 9:23 UTC (Mon) by cate
In reply to: DRM and public benefit.
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Copyright law now applies also to hardwares?
You can have license to use software, but you own the hardware.
IANAL, but I think in most countries the "buy" action implies ownership of hardware. (ownership don't implies ownership of "IP" (patents). Software licenses are a special case in copyright laws, but I don't know any special case for hardware devices.
But naturally you should follow the national law, i.e. norm for electric appliances (if you plug the console), radio frequencies (if you emit o receive data) etc. And naturally the new hardware should not be a bomb, or a dangerous item (but considering the newer exploding laptops, this maybe is an outdated norm).
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