safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 18:37 UTC (Wed) by Arker
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
It's far worse, actually.
A basic ethical principle is to avoid doing harm. If you write software and release it under a license that allows it to be Tivoised, you're aiding and abetting the harm they perpetrate. You'd be better off, ethically speaking, to do nothing. If you license it so they can't do that, and they go ahead and write their own software to do the same thing instead, at least you have not aided them. Additionally, if they have to write their own software, that takes time and resources from them, weakening them. It may be a very small effect, but markets sometimes turn on very small effects.
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