article on GPLv3, Linux kernel, and Devices Rigged to Malfunction

Ben Finney ben at
Tue Oct 24 12:55:16 UTC 2006

On 24-Oct-2006, Alex Hudson wrote:
> [distributing codes necessary to run modified programs is] only like
> releasing source code in so far as the GPLv3 defines source code to
> include authorisation keys.

The GPL has always attempted to define source code such that it
includes anything particular to the work necessary to exercise the
freedoms of the GPL.

> Very few free software authors and distributors who will be roughly
> compliant from day one will design in authorisation codes.

Which result makes the GPLv3 attractive to many free software

> It seems to me that they will be used almost exclusively by those
> who are also likely to violate the GPL by not distributing source
> code.

Perhaps. Those who don't respect the license can be expected to
violate it, so this appears to be a no-op.

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Ben Finney <ben at>
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