[vlc-devel] GPLv3 again

Jean-Paul Saman jean-paul.saman at planet.nl
Wed Jul 25 11:19:44 CEST 2007

Neil Woodall wrote:
> Yes, needless to say, the same goes for my comments:
> My understanding would be that DRM would be located in an application  
> that basically runs the TV. That is, no application, no remote  
> control, no picture, etc...
> So, if GPLv3 requires release of enough source code to run the TV,  
> then that would require release of the application. If the  
> application contains DRM algorithms, the question would be whether or  
> not you need to release that portion of the source code or not.
> I think the point is that the anti-TIVO provision is based on forcing  
> developers of embedded software to release enough source code so that  
> in effect, the hardware can be reprogrammed as the user sees fit.
> Also, does GPLv3 mean that device drivers that are not based on GPL  
> (i.e. entirely in house developed) need to be released?

I suggest you take this up with your company's lawyers of the guys at 
FSF who write the GPLv3 legal. We are developers not lawyers.

Jean-Paul Saman.
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