Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 21:15 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has fleshed out his unhappiness with GPLv3 in three recent posts on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Torvalds previously stated that the kernel will remain under the licensing terms of GPLv2. Yesterday, Torvalds offered his opinion as to where the battle over DRM should take place.
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DigitalAxis
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2005-08-28

Uh, that sounds like a case of the GPL being viral. The Right Thing to Do would probably be to release the entire game under a license other than the GPL (except, you can't...)

This seems like yet another case of the GPL being viral; I was under the impression that GPLv3 was going to take some of the viral restrictions out, but I think that was done to lessen incompatibilities with other OSS licenses.

My objections to media DRM are basically about things like the Sony Rootkit, where we have a fair expectation of being allowed to listen to music purchased legally... Maybe 'modifying the game media' wouldn't fall under fair use?

Anyway, it sounds like Linus would agree with you; media content is not software, Linus doesn't like software licenses that apply to more than software.

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dumbkiwi Member since:
2006-01-02

The GPL is not "viral". If you want to take advantage of the time savings involved in using someone else's GPL code, then you should adhere to that person's wishes in terms of the way they have licensed their software. There is nothing viral about that. If you don't want to adhere to the license that author has given you, then don't incorporate that code into your project. Code it yourself, and incur the time cost.

You have a choice. With a virus, you don't.

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