[Matroska-general] Linus on DRM: wise decision

Steve Lhomme steve.lhomme at free.fr
Fri Jan 27 06:03:06 CET 2006


Hi everyone,

I'm sure most of you already heard the news but Linus doesn't want the 
Linux kernel to move to GPL v3. The main reason is that GPL v3 says that 
the covered code can't be used in anything that includes Digital Rights 
Management.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/26/linux_torvalds_gpl/

Of course, this is not really an issue, because it's almost (I still 
have to find a solution) to do DRM with Open Source. And actually the 
DRM, to work, needs the help of the OS to ensure "privacy" at all 
levels. So any GPL code (that has to be public, even v2) can hardly 
protect the content from the user, since you can always add a backdoor 
at any level...

So in short, the DRM statement in the GPLv3 is ridiculous because GPL 
will never used for (actual) DRM programs. It's just politics.

-- 
robUx4 on blog <http://robux4.blogspot.com/>




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