in practice, you get what you want
Posted Oct 6, 2006 9:44 UTC (Fri) by coriordan
In reply to: simple but wrong answer: a DRM-allowing exception
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Lets look at how it works. There's me, the Linux devs, and Tivo.
The Linux devs accept GPLv3+DrmException code into their trees. I download a copy, make my improvements, and publish my version with the exception removed.
Enter Tivo. Tivo has the option of Linux under GPLv3+DrmException, or CiaranSuperLinux under GPLv3. They go for the former.
The only effect is that Tivo lose the benefit of the work of a guy who doesn't want his code to be incorporated into the software of hardware manufacturers who are trying to block users from running modified software.
The wishes of the Linux devs are respected, and my wishes are respected for my non-integrated patch.
Important point: the lack of an exception will only effect my modifications (because the vanilla version will be available elsewhere with the exception), and it will only affect my modifications if I don't want that exception on my modifications.
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