Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 6, 2006 16:24 UTC (Fri) by pimlott
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The entity wich installs the initial GPLed software version has by definition the means to authorize it.
I believe that's simply not true. In my scenario, the media distributors are merely validating a checksum of the media player binary. This checksum needn't even be provided by the media player company. They could simply distribute a (DRM-enabled) binary, then the media distributors verify that it is sufficiently user-hostily (by inspecting the source code and recompiling with the same toolchain to see that the same binary is produced) and add it to their approved list. Nothing the media player company does can make the media distributors add to their approved list.
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