Licence text and fabs
Posted Oct 4, 2006 9:27 UTC (Wed) by nim-nim
In reply to: Licence text and fabs
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
The GPL even in it's v2 form controls more than the code itself. For example you can not claim you can only provide source on gold plated media available at extorsionate price (that is unless you can prove you have to use gold-plated media yourself).
Some people are currently trying to reintroduce the artificial cost asymetry the GPLv2 forbids for source at the binary level (using DRM). The GPLv3 logically forbids it too.
And BTW it's false to say the GPLv3 affects hardware, since the hardware itself is unaffected by who holds the distribution keys. What it affects is the combined harware+software behaviour.
It's not terribly immoral or astonishing that when you combine software distribution with hardware, the software distribution rules have a say on the result. Linking works both ways.
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