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Linux Journal: Seal It or Hack It?

Mar 22, 2002, 19:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Lamont)

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"Perhaps the tone of my message was misrepresented; I'm not an advocate of closed systems per se, I'm an advocate of individual rights; I fully support the goals of the GPL and have for well over ten years. As a manufacturer, however (my company is working on a limited-market product), I'd like to both be in a position to support the GPLed product space and community and be able to protect my company's privacy rights. It's similar to my view on MP3 sharing technology; MP3s should be shared freely, cheaply and easily up to and including free distribution, so long as the author (not necessarily the copyright holder) has both knowledge of, and grants permission for, that distribution to occur.

"Mr. Schoen is incorrect on a number of points. When consumers buy a product, they are bound by the usage guidelines of the licensing agreement of that product. In practicality, this means if I buy Windows XP, I do not have rights to duplicate it, run it on multiple machines or sell it; when I buy an embedded application, this usually means that I can't rip apart the box, hack the OS, add additional features, etc., unless the manufacturer has given me explicit or implicit permission to do so (such is the case with TiVo, who seems to have green-lighted such modification). Most hardware manufacturers explicitly prohibit reverse engineering..."

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