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SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
On Jun 19, 2007, wrote:

> On Tue, 19 Jun 2007, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> On Jun 19, 2007, Daniel Drake <> wrote:
>>> I realise that the latest GPLv3 draft would not pose restrictions
>>> here, as such devices would not be classified as consumer
>>> products.
>> And even if they were, there's always ROM.
>> I don't know whether hardware seals that state "once you break this
>> seal, law prohibits the use of this device with human patients".

> once you break the seal the device is no longer certified. an
> uncertified device cannot be used.

Yup. That's the law.

At which point it's not the hardware vendor imposing the restriction,
so this use is perfectly acceptable.

One could presumably implement similar seals in software. Nothing
wrong with a signature used to indicate that the device has been
tampered with. Even a led somewhere that reflects this status.

None of this prevents the user from enjoying the freedoms he's
entitled to, according to the laws of the place where he lives.

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