23 Aug 2006 atai   » (Journeyer)

Is the DRM provisions really a big issue for GPL v3?

I am just thinking that assuming the difference between Torvalds and the FSF over the DRM provisions cannot be resolved to a consensus, and the final version of the GPL v3 keeps essentially the same language as the current draft. Then can't Linux move to the GPL v3 with the additional permission to escape from the DRM language? This can also be true for anyone else who has a problem with the DRM language.

Linux may not be able to move to GPL v3 for other reasons like requiring permissions from too many authors, etc., which I will ignore for now. But I think with the above avenue, the disagreement over DRM provisions shall not be a reason for the Linux kernel not go to a license of GPL v3 with an exception for DRM (as wanted by Linus).

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