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TiVo warns investors new open source license could hurt business

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Under Linux’s GPLv3, expected this summer, TiVo would no longer be able to implement measures it says are essential to protecting copyrighted material..

Novell isn’t the only company that could be hurt by new license terms likely to be implemented by the group that polices open source software.

In a regulatory filing, digital video recorder manufacturer TiVo warned that the newly revised General Public License could harm its business.

TiVo’s set-top boxes run on the open source Linux operating system and incorporate GNU open source components. Its systems include features that limit Tivo’s functionality if users attempt to modify its internal software.

Tivo hacking is becoming a popular way for users to work around the copyright protections that TiVo has added to its systems as part of its effort to build partnerships with content providers.

The forthcoming third version of the General Public License, however, would prohibit manufacturers of consumer appliances that use open source software from implementing technical measures designed to prevent user modifications.

According to the final draft of GPLv3, released Thursday by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), “When you convey a covered work, you waive any legal power to forbid circumvention of technical measures.”

That has TiVo worried. “If the currently proposed version of GPLv3 is widely adopted, we may be unable to incorporate future enhancements to the GNU/Linux operating system into our software, which could adversely affect our business,” TiVo warns.

Read more: IT News

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Written by syazli7

Mon, 4 Jun 2007 at 14:37:33 +0800

Posted in News

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