Re: A possible GFDL compromise
On Monday, Sep 15, 2003, at 12:15 US/Eastern, Brian T. Sniffen wrote:
GPL 6 doesn't say that you may place restrictions on some copies, as
long as your provide an unrestricted copy as well. Instead it says you
may place no restrictions.
You are being misleading. It actually says in part:
6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the
Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the
original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject
these terms and conditions. You may not impose any further
restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted
So if I give somebody a DRM binary and an unencumbered copy of the
source and build scripts, I'm fine.
Huh? How does that follow?
I don't think you can enforce DRM on GPL software.
There are plenty of circumstances where this might be useful: say, a
player application and a set of keys. Some not-very-useful keys are
in the source, and some very useful keys are on the DRM medium.
I said I don't think you can enforce DRM _on_ GPL software, not _with_
GPL software. That is, you can't enforce "you may not copy this, may
only run it once, etc." on a GPL program.