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SubjectRe: GPL V3 and Linux - Dead Copyright Holders


On Thu, 2 Feb 2006, Alan Cox wrote:

> On Iau, 2006-02-02 at 01:00 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > Sure, DRM may mean that you can not _install_ or _run_ your changes on
> > somebody elses hardware.
>
> Last time I checked the Xbox was owned by the person who bought it. Xbox
> Linux hits this problem today. So it may affect "your hardware" too
> unless you make hardware, which is an unusual and privileged position.

Ok, now replace "hardware" by "software", and replace DRM by
"proprietary", and what's the difference?

The fact is, if you buy proprietary software, you cannot make it do
everything you want, regardless of of whether you "own" it or not. The
creator of the software may have designed it so that it only does certain
things.

Tough. The solution: use open source software.

The same holds true for hardware. If you buy proprietary hardware, you
cannot make it do everything you want, whether you "own" it or not. The
manufacturer of the hardware may have designed it so that it only does
certain things.

Tough. The solution: use open hardware.

The solution is NOT to create a software license that is obviously not
usable. And the GPLv3 really _is_ obviously not usable for the kernel,
because it creates insane situations whether the hardware is open or
closed.

In other words, the problem you state is a problem. But it has nothing to
do with the GPLv3.

Linus
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