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ZDNet: Tivo and GPL: Beauty and the Beast?

Oct 03, 2006, 21:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"In the ongoing battle between Linux kernel developers and the Free Software Foundation over the future of the GNU Public License, somehow DVR-maker Tivo has become either the whipping boy, or the poster child, depending on whose side you are on. FSF founder Richard Stallman even coined a term for what he sees as misuse of the GPL: 'tivoization...'

"The FSF argues that end users, like my aunt Sylvia for example, should be free to modify the code inside her Tivo to make it do whatever she wants..."

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