Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Posted Oct 19, 2006 6:58 UTC (Thu) by masuel
In reply to: Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
>>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.
>I'm sorry, what is 'this?' Tivoisation is a relatively new phenomenon,
>and the FSF certainly haven't turned a blind eye to it for even a
>moment - they've been vocally opposed to it since it first became an
I was referring to the other developers of GPLv2 code.
>>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.
>Could you quote the language you're referring to?
from Section "1. Source Code"
"The Corresponding Source also includes any encryption or authorization
keys necessary to install and/or execute modified versions from source
code in the recommended or principal context of use, such that they can
implement all the same functionality in the same range of circumstances.
(For instance, if the work is a DVD player and can play certain DVDs, it
must be possible for modified versions to play those DVDs. If the work
communicates with an online service, it must be possible for modified
versions to communicate with the same online service in the same way such
that the service cannot distinguish.)"
Now granted it all depends on what you consider "work" to be in the
above. If a "decoding" non-free proxy checks the signatures of the gpl
components and then doesn't decode just passes though the data... is this
in violation? I think so. But maybe you do not?
I *don't* really think the big picture (DRM bad, User Control Good) is
questionable, but I am yet to be convinced this is the way to do it.
Also sticking to my embedded point, as a general rule every device that
is connected to any kind of network is up-datable. These updates are
normally validated in some way and its not these devices that are
changing... they are and allways have been "embedded" devices to me.
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