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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It's About Software Stupid...
by raid517 on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 16:46 UTC
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I think Linus is bang on form in this instance. DRM as a security measure is by no means a bad thing. But when it comes to content protection, that is a moral issue that software developers have no real right or capacity to try to restrict.

Put another way the issue isn't about the latest Disney animation, or about the latest and greatest teeny bop pop video or whatever - that is a matter of consumer choice and you shouldn't try to engineer a scenario that forces consumers to alter that choice. But if you want your content to be free, then yes the only way to do this is to try to educate content providers of the benefits of submitting it to an open source/creative commons type licence.

Content is not software and it is wrongheaded thinking to imagine that it is. Content is literally out of the hands of developers and they realistically have no direct ability to influence this at all. Moreover by telling content providers that their content MUST be drm free you are restricting Linux further by discounting the posibility that DRM enabled content could in some way be used on Linux based systems - because the mear act of trying to do this would break the GPL3 licence. It is shortsighted I think to say 'never!' particularly for large vendors who may be able to find a way to work with this DRM protected content and who may be able to offer the consumer a solution that they can live with. That doesn't mean by definition that everything you do has to be DRM protected - only that the capacity might still be there to work with content that is.

You could still have access to the source code of your Kernel, or your application - but have proprietary applications running DRM protected content on Linux computers. There is no source code to a movie - at least not in the traditional sense that most people understand.

You can only continue as you were, continue to educate and to advocate an alternative approach - but you can't physically force that alternative approach on anyone.


Edited 2006-02-03 17:03

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