GPL
  • the software is copyrighted, but instead of using those rights to restrict users like proprietary software does, we use them to ensure that every user has freedom.
  • GPLv2
  • If a device can run arbitrary software, it's a general-purpose computer, and its owner should control what it does. When a device thwarts you from doing that, we call that tivoization.
  • GPLv3 stops tivoization by requiring the distributor to provide you with whatever information or data is necessary to install modified software on the device
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