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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Explanation of Tivosiation and problems - comments sought

From: Alex Hudson
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Explanation of Tivosiation and problems - comments sought
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 13:21:33 +0000

On Mon, 2006-12-18 at 12:13 +0000, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> Alex Hudson <address@hidden> writes:
> > Plenty of businesses resell hardware devices with added services;
> That lowers the barrier, but we're still talking about people who've set up
> a business, have done some product design, and who do support/shipping/etc.

I'm not sure what argument you're making - that the GPL can place extra
burdens on commercial distributors simply because they're making a

> > I would also disagree that maintaining a set of encryption keys for each
> > customer
> Maybe that's not necessary.  They could have two keys per chip - their
> single master key, and the customer's individual key.  So they don't have to
> maintain per-customer keys.

Well, I did say that it could be something you could work around in some
other manner.

At the end of the day, I don't think it makes that much difference,
simply because so few people are actually using this type of lock-down
for whatever reason. I just find it slightly worrying (in a, "I hope
there aren't too many unintended consequences" type of way) that the GPL
is legislating against a certain technical solution, rather than a more
specific end result. Section 3 of the draft is a lot less worrisome, for



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