Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 23:47:41 EST

On Fri, 15 Jun 2007, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> case 2'': tivo provides source, end user tries to improve it, realizes
> the hardware won't let him use the result of his efforts, and gives up

So you're blaming Tivo for the fact that your end user was a lazy bum and
wanted to take advantage of somebody elses hard work without permission?

Quite frankly, I know who the bad guy in that scenario is, and it ain't
Tivo. It's your lazy bum, that thought he would just take what Tivo did,
sign the contract, and then not follow it. And just because the box
_contained_ some piece of free software, that lazy bum suddenly has all
those rights? Never mind all the *other* effort that went into bringing
that box to market?

You do realize that Tivo makes all their money on the service, don't you?
The actual hardware they basically give away at cost, exactly to get the
service contracts. Not exactly a very unusual strategy in the high-tech
world, is it?

You know what? I respect the pro-FSF opinions less and less, the more you
guys argue for it. Michael Poole seems to argue that things like fair use
shouldn't exist, and even the cryptographic _signatures_ of the programs
should be under total control of the copyright owner.

And you seem to argue that it's perfectly fine to ignore the people who
design hardware and the services around them, and once you have that piece
of hardware in your grubby hands you can do anythign you want to it, and
_their_ rights and the contracts you signed don't matter at all.

Guys, you should be ashamed of calling yourself "free software" people.

You sound more like the RIAA/MPAA ("we own all the rights! We _own_ your
sorry asses for even listening to our music") and a bunch of whiners that
think that just because you have touched a piece of hardware you
automatically can do anythign you want to it, and nobody elses rights
matter in the least!

Guys, in fighting for "your rights", you should look a bit at *other*
peoples rights too. Including the rights of hw manufacturers, and the
service providers. Because this is all an eco-system, where in order to
actually succeed, you need to make _everybody_ succeed.

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