Let's be clear, here...
Posted Oct 23, 2006 2:05 UTC (Mon) by Baylink
In reply to: Building a free future in embedded devices
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
The *issue* with GPL'd code, the *reason* why we don't want people to sequester the code, and why GPL prevents it, is so that purchasers have control over the things they buy.
If the manufacturer is permitted to do things to the hardware which make it impossible for the purchaser to exercise those GPL rights, then they might as well not have them -- and the manufacturer shouldn't be entitled to take advantage of the GPLd code.
I didn't know which side of this argument I was on until I had to compose this reply, but I do now.
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