safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 20:42 UTC (Wed) by coriordan
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
I can't make sense of your scenario.
For one, I don't think any country sells telephones that don't work in other countries.
More to the point, the fact that it might be illegal for a company in whatever country to sell phones that broadcast outside of whatever range is not something that can be fixed by GPLv3.
If the company is required to lock down the frequency, they have to either put it in ROM, use DRM, or place a physical barrier (plastic casing or whatever) between the software container and the outside world. This is dictated by law, not by our licences.
GPLv3 says that DRM isn't an option, so the phone maker will have to go with ROM or a lump of plastic. The effects on phone buyers is the same.
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