OT: Nokia expects open source developers to accept things like DRM, commercial IP rights, and SIM locks.

Shachar Shemesh shachar at shemesh.biz
Tue Jun 17 20:49:46 CEST 2008

Martin Larsson wrote:
> Sure, that's what he is saying. But it isn't possible to make DRM with
> free software.
> That's what he's not understanding.
No, there is something more basic he is not understanding. This is it:

If a player decides not play along, that player is a disruptive force. 
Not only does that player have phones that are worth more to the 
clients, these phones also diminish the customer value of all other 
phones in the market. In other words, it is not the open source that 
don't get the economic forces at play, it is the carriers.

This is exactly what FOSS has been doing over the past 24 years. Oracle, 
VMWare and others didn't just decide to give free (pizza) versions of 
their technology. FOSS price points were forced on them.

So, yes, it may take a while, but the people who "need to get it" are 
not the FOSS world.


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