tivoization

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by Richard Stallman in 2007, in reference to TiVo’s use of GNU GPL licensed software on the TiVo brand digital video recorders.

Noun[edit]

tivoization (uncountable)

  1. (computing) The creation of a system that incorporates software under the terms of a copyleft software license, but uses hardware to prevent users from running modified versions of the software on that hardware.