WOW! Community soap opera - and then some!
Posted Oct 3, 2006 1:53 UTC (Tue) by bojan
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
The GPLv3 v. GPLv2 debate is really shaping up to be a major "mind" fork in the FOSS community in a while. As I'm typing this, there have been 147 comments to this story, with hundreds more on similar topics in the last few weeks (and that's just LWN). And it's not just nobody's like myself commenting, but also important FOSS developers and people associated with FSF. WOW!
Both sides present some compelling arguments in relation to the DRM provisions of GPLv3. Patent issues appear to be more related to the unfortunate wording and appear fixable, but DRM stuff is likely to remain the forking point, as least for a while.
IMHO, it seems inevitable that DRM will find its way into devices playing whatever "content industry" makes. They are so bent on having this that no amount of convincing is likely to work. Too much new revenue at stake.
The most interesting questions (to me) remain these:
1. Can GPLv3 really stop DRM in numbers that matter?
2. Would staying with GPLv2 accelerate DRM adoption or not?
3. Are we about to witness a huge FOSS licensing split?
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