Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 25, 2006 22:28 UTC (Mon) by lucychili
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IANAL but from my perspective without prejudice and all that.
Any new proprietory inventor will not be safe with DRM.
FOSS people will not be safe with DRM.
As you point out critical mass is needed.
Understanding and commitment by all FLOSS to the value of a vertically coherent open habitat will help.
Small proprietory inventors may not have the cultural background to appreciate the risks until a few people have been burned.
Investors will probably be pretty quick to respond because they are looking at those kinds of things in terms of overall industry risk.
The GPLv3 is responding to an existing threat and not making a division in itself. The division has been developed by those promoting DMCA laws which make felons of developers who interface with DRM technologies.
It isnt the same world we had with GPL2.
An LGPL is appropriate for interfacing with DRM technologies because using the L means youre aware it is a mixed environment with attendant risks.
GPL needs to be something you can identify as a safe set of technologies for developers as well as for adopters and investors in those technologies.
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