tivoization

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English[edit]

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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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌtiːvəʊ.aɪˈzeɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

tivoization (uncountable)

  1. (computing, copyright law) 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.