Linux Inventor Open to DRM
“Provisions against digital rights management in a draft update to the General Public License could undermine computer security, Linus Torvalds said this week in e-mails reflecting the Linux leader’s pragmatic philosophy.
“The Free Software Foundation is in the process of revising the GPL, a seminal document that not only governs thousands of open-source projects but also functions as the constitution of the free software movement. One of the major new provisions in the proposed GPL version 3 is designed to prevent use of GPL software in conjunction with digital rights management. DRM technology does everything from encrypting movies and music to permitting only a digitally signed software to run on a specific computing device.
“Torvalds gave some examples of areas where he believes it’s appropriate for secret digital keys to be used to sign software, or for a computer to run only software versions that have this digital signature to assure they’re authorized.”
Stephen Shankland. Torvalds Says DRM Isn’t Necessarily Bad. News.com. Feb. 3, 2006.
Joe Barr. Torvalds Versus GPLv3 DRM Restrictions. News Forge. Feb. 2, 2006.
Stephen Shankland. Torvalds: No GPL 3 for Linux. News.com. Jan. 26, 2006.
Martin LaMonica. New Open-Source License Targets DRM, Hollywood. News.com. Jan. 18, 2006.
Daniel Lyons. Linux Licensing. Forbes.com. March 9, 2006. (“That first draft of GPL v. 3 is unacceptable to me,” said Linus Torvalds, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t come to some agreement. Now, the FSF and I tend to have very different priorities, so such an agreement is not guaranteed. But it’s definitely not out of the question either.”)
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