Posted Oct 18, 2006 22:20 UTC (Wed) by sepreece
In reply to: Defining DRM
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
"By DRM I mean a system which enforces some software behavior regardless of what the owner might want. This seems to be the conventional definition of the term, so "Tivoization" is DRM."
I haven't heard "DRM" used this way other than in this discussion of GPLv3. The conventional use of "DRM" is for content control (management of access rights to content). That was my point (and I'm not the only one who has tried to make that point in both this discussion and in the Busybox discussion that was on the same LWN front page). Locking down software is TC, not DRM.
"clearly contracts between vendors are not relevant"
All I can say is, it's not irrelevant to the companies that make consumer electronics, nor to the people who want to buy content despite the DRM that the content owners require. You are, of course, free to consider that they are irrelevant.
"we should not insist on preventing people from changing a cell phone operating system merely because we can imagine disruptive uses."
Well, we DO choose to ban or control some things with dangerous or disruptive uses. So far, the manufacturers, the carriers, and the FCC are on the side of controlling this one. If you can convince them otherwise, then arguing about the GPL would be unnecessary. Changing the GPL isn't a high-leverage approach to convincing them.
"Denying people control of their own computers is not going to improve this situation."
Generally, they're not being denied control of their computers, even if you buy the argument that a cellphone should be considered a computer. They're being denied the ability to access services with untrusted clients. That seems to me to be within the purview of the service providers, regardless of the ownership of the device.
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