Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 12:03 UTC, submitted by anonymous
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Free Software Foundation wishes to clarify a few factual points about the Second Discussion Draft of GNU GPL version 3, on which recent discussion has presented inaccurate information. The FSF has no power to force anyone to switch from GPLv2 to GPLv3 on their own code. We intentionally wrote GPLv2 (and GPLv1) so we would not have this power. Software developers will continue to have the right to use GPLv2 for their code after GPLv3 is published, and we will respect their decisions."
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You are assuming that every company will pull a Tivo. Are you forgetting that there is a lot of demand for machines that will run linux? Someone will make a machine that is drm free. Sure, maybe dell will go with some DRM that wont allow unsigned code. Course that will mean no more dells for me. Like I said, I hate DRM. But I dont think that the GPL is the right tool to use to fight that argument.

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GPLv3 is not designed to stop DRM. GPLv3 is designed to stop DRM infecting GPL-ed code. The FSF doesn't care about proprietary software that treats its users like criminals through DRM.

What the FSF cares about is the co-opting of FL/OSS for PR reasons and then render the result non-free with an electronic padlock. The notion of software freedom can only prevail if software carrying the free denomination manages to retain true freedom (as defined in the four freedoms).

You could also interpret it as not giving freedom destroyers (DRM proponents) an easy and for free ride by being able to use and distribute easily available free code in an anti-social manner.

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