Subject: Re: DRM-incompatible licenses
From: "Pedro de Medeiros" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 08:39:29 -0400

 Mon, 3 Apr 2006 08:39:29 -0400
On 4/1/06, Quinn Weaver <> wrote:

> The DMCA[1] says that DRM technology may take away the legal rights of
> users.  E.g. you have the right under the doctrine of fair use to make
> a backup copy of a CD you own, but a vendor's DRM can take away that
> right, and if you circumvent it you are breaking the law.
> In other words, DRM is not just a technological problem.  It is a
> legal problem.  That is why GPLv3 proposes to strike back at DRM using
> legal means (the license itself).
> One could criticize GPLv3 for politicizing technology, but the truth
> is that the content industry has already done that, by effecting the
> passage of the DMCA.  GPLv3 is just trying to fix the situation.

A GPL that is explicitly against DRM brings attention to those DRM
measures, and makes people discuss about the validity of them. Since
GPL is becoming mainstream, it can't be ignored.

Now if only the "content industry" noticed and used more GPL software
(and not just as a curiosity)...

> Besides, politicizing technology is what the FSF is all about.  If you
> don't like it, use the BSD license. ;)

I agree!

Pedro de Medeiros - Computer Science - University of Brasília
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