FSF is creating a problem that never existed!
Posted Oct 2, 2006 16:28 UTC (Mon) by mrfredsmoothie
In reply to: FSF is creating a problem that never existed!
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
The FSF, in their false zeal to kill the "evil Tivo" are trying to use their unprecedented legal power to add new moral considerations to the license - which were not in the license before.
The suggestion that moral considerations weren't a part of the license of *every* GPL-v2(whether "or later" or not)-based project seems either incorrect or at least over-simplified to me. So Linus says on Groklaw that he was primarily interested in first anti-commericalism and subsequently the tit-for-tatness. He's one developer. How many other contributors had the "give every user the same rights" motivation as their primary one? The anti-DRM provisions are merely extensions of the same "Freedom 0" idea that RMS wrote the license for in the first place.
While I'm not arguing for the kernel, BusyBox or any other project adopting the GPLv3, part of me is very sympathetic to the fear that DRM has the ability to render "every user is free to modify" as "every employee of a hardware manufacturer is free to modify" and I strongly suspect that that's not what a very large number of contributors to most GPL-licensed projects had in mind.
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