DRM is not evil, just useless.
Posted Sep 26, 2006 23:31 UTC (Tue) by Ross
In reply to: DRM is not evil, just useless.
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
That currently affects any open source driver, BSD, GPLv2, or GPLv3. Is the correct solution to have a layer of DRM and only allow drivers signed by the vendor? Obviously not as that prevents any end-user modification, not just restricting the frequency range.
I really have a difficult time thinking of any reasonable uses of DRM.
The fundamental problem occurs when it is applied to GPLed software. DRM, like the DMCA, tries to tack on extra rights for the copyright holder, yet the license is written based on the idea that the user has the right to modify code as much as they want under copyright law. Maybe the GPLv3 changes aren't following the right approach, but this isn't something which can be safely ignored.
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