Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 4:46 UTC (Thu) by drag
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The FSF have a hatred on DRM.
But it's not getting into the GPLv3 as you may think. Look at it for yourself.
In the GPLv3 the DRM provisions are there to preserve the right of the end user to modify and run GPL'd software. Nothing more nothing less.
"" Can you also explain this to me then.
"The Free Software Foundation has declared October 3, 2006 a "Day Against DRM" with demonstrations in New York and London. Also today, the Free Software Foundation Europe launched DRM.info. "DRM.info is based on the idea that people should be informed and involved in decisions that will affect them on a very personal level. "DRM technologies are based on the principle that a third party has more influence over your devices than you, and that their interests will override yours when they come in conflict. That is even true where your interest is perfectly legitimate and legal, and possibly also for your own data," explains Georg Greve, FSFE's president." ""
Did you pull that out of the GPLv3 license? I think not.
Again. The FSF has a anti-DRM agenda. So do most sane people once they realise that DRM is designed to control end users not designed to control piracy. (Look at DRM implimentations and how they apply in the real world. It's obvious that it has less to do with piracy and everything to do with market control and manipulation)
HOWEVER the dispute is over the GPLv3 license, not FSF's stance on DRM in general.
The GPLv3 license is a ATTEMPT to ensure that you as a end user and you as a developer will always be able to freely modify and run modified GPL'd software.
It has no language against using GPL'd software to play, create, or distribute DRM'd content. If somebody figures out a clever way (Sun is working on it) to have a open source application that play/distribute DRM'd content with strong protections legally, while still being modifiable, then there is no reason why a person can't license it GPLv3.
From the FSF point of view the lack of DRM language in the GPLv2 is effectively a loophole that provides a way for people to effectively make GPL'd software behave as if it was closed source. If you can't modify the software and still run it.. is it realy Free/Open source software?
To them, No it's not Free software anymore and thus is a violation of 'the spirit of the GPL'.
That is entire the point of it of the GPLv3 DRM language.
Weither or not it's needed I haven't decided yet... Also it may have unintended consequences.
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