Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 2:58 UTC (Thu) by drag
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Nobody said it should be illegal or evil for hardware manufacturers to support it.
Do you know what the anti-DRM stuff in the license is even designed to do?
It's not designed to stop DRM or stop free software used for DRM. What it does is prevent people from using DRM to effectively make the software you use unmodifiable.
It does that for the same exact reason why the GPLv2 forbids people from taking the code and using it in closed source software.
It's designed to keep software free. Right now DRM is used to make GPL'd software unmodifiable by it's end users. Tivo is the most famous example of this, but there are others.
It doesn't stop people from using encryption. It doesn't make it illegal to playback WMV10 on your computer or anything like that. It doesn't stop people from using trusted computing to make their systems more secure. It doesn't even stop people from using GPL'd software to create, distribute, or playback DRM'd media.
It only stops people from using DRM to make GPL'd software unmodifiable. That's ALL it does. That's it.
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