Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Posted Oct 19, 2006 2:33 UTC (Thu) by masuel
In reply to: Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
The FSF intention is clear.
But the users of the GPLv2 do not all have the same intention. It is a valid point of view that the licence should enforce the developer <-> developer relationship, not the manufacture <-> customer one.
The manufactures have been making devices for many years, from there point of view, as developers, this is a change.
It may well be argued that this was selective blindness, the aim of the FSF is about the customers freedom, so the licence should be read from that point of view.
However enforcing this explicitly is a significant change.*
Also the draft currently goes further and tries to control the behaver of the device after the gpl portion of it is changed. Not just parts covered by the licence. Is this morally and legally OK?
All in all its worth a bit of fuss anyway, don't you think?
*)by some readings the current LGPL already has this requirement...
ps I think the definition of embedded products (disallowing updates) is very, urm, odd? Apart from a few rom based products in my experience everything can be updated one way or the other.
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