Home "computers" which only run signed software?
Posted Apr 25, 2003 7:15 UTC (Fri) by dmantione
In reply to: Home "computers" which only run signed software?
Parent article: Linus on digital rights management
No you cannot use a license to prevent people running your software on
certain hardware. Copyright law is in the way.
In the Netherlands, the authors law says anyone is allowed to make changes
to software to make it interoperable with his hardware. Since all eu-memers
have compatible copyright laws this is most likely true in the entire Europian
Union. This statement is clearly there to protect end users. However, it also
means you cannot prevent people to modify your software to not run on
DRM-hardware, by law they have the right to modify it.
But, it is not entirely clear if they can accept the free software license then, so
they might then not have the right to redistribute the software.
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