[ILUG] Novell A Linux Leader? GPL 3 and
paul at clubi.ie
Tue Feb 7 14:54:43 GMT 2006
On Tue, 7 Feb 2006, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> For example when Tivo distribute GPL software, I get their modified
> source - and I can go use those modifications on any other piece of
> hardware I can make it work. That their specific piece of hardware
> won't run it is a different problem, and it has nothing to do with
> the GPL.
According to the GPLv3 draft it would do.
If you sell some embedded appliance and you make use of GPLv3
software to build that appliance, then damn straight it's got
*everything* to do with the GPL (as the current draft stands).
Your "go buy some other hardware" argument is bogus too. I bought the
hardware, it has GPL software on it - I'm supposed to be able to
modify it. I shouldn't have to buy new hardware to be able to
exercise my rights.
That those rights are merely 'moral' under the GPLv2 and it didn't
anticipate DRM is what is being rectified in the v3 (by the current
draft of it at least).
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.ie paul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
An apple every eight hours will keep three doctors away.
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