[discuss] Reuters: Novell could be banned from selling Linux:
russell at flora.ca
Tue Feb 13 09:12:36 EST 2007
Ross Jordan wrote:
> Something doesn't have to affect you directly to tick you off:
> * You might be annoyed by the principal of the matter
Are we all in agreement on what principal he is annoyed by?
When a manufacturer sells a piece of hardware, there are two
possibilities of who gets to decide what software can be installed on
that device (And thus who should be in control of any cryptographic keys
used to lock out "unauthorized" software).
a) The manufacturer
b) The owner
I have been spending all my time in recent years protecting (b). It
is why I started Digital-copyright.ca, co-founded GOSLING, and agreed to
become the CLUE policy coordinator. This is the #1 technology policy
issue for me, and overrides pretty much any other issue.
Linus seems to think it is a principal to protect that it be (a), and
further that CopyLeft licensed software should be able to be freely used
by device manufacturers that want it to be (a).
Do you agree with Linus or do you agree with me, and why?
Can you think of any other interpretation for Linus' objections to GPLv3?
> * Maybe you're worried that it will directly affect you in the future
Does Linus sell hardware/software bundles containing GPL licensed
software where he is going to want to revoke the property right of the
owner to choose what software is installed on that hardware? If so, do
we support him or oppose him in that goal? Why should he be given a
free ride on this critical political issue just because he wrote a few
lines of interesting software?
I am worried that Linus's protection of (a) above is going to
directly affect me in the future, which is why I object to his political
> Like, say, the fact that I don't own an ipod or music playing device
> doesn't mean that I'm not annoyed by the new tariff proposals.
That is fair, but we should be able to discuss what "principal" you
agree or disagree with, and we can then decide whether we agree or
disagree with each other.
Note: It's not an iPod levy, but a <B>proposed</B> Tariff for all
"Digital Audio Recorders" or "Secure Digital, MultiMedia, and Memory
Stick removable electronic memory cards over 256 MB"
I've posted my thoughts about the tariff issue in the
Digital-copyright.ca forum as I believe the issue is complex.
http://www.digital-copyright.ca/discuss/6594 While there are better
options I wish Canada could politically pick (carving out private
activities from copyright entirely, possibly through a very expanded
Fair Use regime), I believe we are stuck with realistic choice between
levies and legal protection for DRM. Of those two options I believe
that levies are the lesser of the two major evils.
You may find that we agree with the same principal on this issue, but
disagree on the state of Canadian politics and what more realistic
But we should at least be able to discuss what principals we believe
in, and see where we agree and where we disagree.
I *oppose* any policy or technology that revokes the rights of owners
of technology to make their own software choices. I don't care how
many famous personalities you parade in front of me (including authors
of software I might be using), I will still spend my time fighting for
what I believe to be fundamental human rights (technology property
rights are linked to cultural, communication, and most other human rights).
When presented with a contract/license that better protects that
right I will support it, and when there are individuals or groups that
oppose that right I will oppose them (IE: I am politically oppose Linus
Torvalds objections to the GPLv3, just as I am opposed to the
ratification of the 1996 WIPO treaties by any country.)
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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