[opensource-dev] DRM vs TOS Was: Third party viewer policy
lenglish5 at cox.net
Wed Feb 24 09:30:14 PST 2010
Dzonatas Sol wrote:
> Lawson English wrote:
>> For a real life use case, the realxtend developers are currently
>> debating whether or not it is worth their while to continue to add more
>> support to SL rather than just go with OpenSim-only.
> If any viewer is under GPL terms, rather it is derived or not, it
> probably won't comply with the TOS if the TOS mandates DRM.
> Software that runs on hardware that enforces DRM is not different than
> software that connects to a service that enforces DRM.
> Obviously, basic login credentials aren't being seen as DRM, yet MAC
> address, channels, and other means to enforce control of the client
> software, especially through TOS policy, is DRM.
> All those discussion's we've had on this list about "signed-off" scripts
> and programs, even encrypted, have had their rug pulled. Even
> Microsoft's one-click programs are affected.
> I wouldn't say LL backpedaled on the GPL, yet I will say the DRM
> movement is highly questionable. I can understand why realxtend would
> want to not continue support for SL with such cloud of questions. This
> would have been prevented if... you know, there is a big elephant in
> the room.
the Naali viewer is from-scratch under a freebsd license. No GPL code at
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