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SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
On Jun 17, 2007, Alan Cox <> wrote:

>> I don't know any law that requires tivoization.

> In the USSA it is arguable that wireless might need it (if done in
> software) for certain properties. (The argument being it must be
> tamperproof to random end consumers).

But this is not tivoization.

Tivoization is a manufacturer using technical measures to prevent the
user from tampering (*) with the device, *while* keeping the ability
to tamper with it changes itself.

(*) tampering brings in negative connotations that I'd rather avoid,
but since that was the term you used, and the term "modifying" might
bring in legal-based technicalities such as that replacing isn't
modification, I just went with it.

So, given a proper definition, do you know any law that requires

Taking it further, do you know whether any such law requires
*worldwide* tivoization, as in, applying the restrictions in the law
even outside its own jurisdiction?

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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