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[Discuss] Fwd: Hey FCC, Don't Lock Down Our Wi-Fi Routers | WIRED

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 03:22:12PM -0500, Derek Martin wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 01:12:33AM -0400, John Abreau wrote:
> > Well, this is disturbing.
> [...]
> >
> Seems to me you'd get around this by buying a router that had DD-WRT
> or OpenWRT preinstalled, such as:

Not really, the vendors may still lock down the firmware, even it if
originally ships w/DD-WRT or OpenWRT.  In fact, the FCC uses DD-WRT as
an example that could be locked down in its entirety to "protect" the
SDR portion.

The question is what if there is GPLv3-licensed software embedded in
the firmware?  Distribution of such software, along with measures to
lock down the device, may violate the GPLv3 license.  See Tivoization


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