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Re: [dvd-discuss] SCC, Lexmark, and copyright versus reverse-engineering
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- Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] SCC, Lexmark, and copyright versus reverse-engineering
- From: "D. C. Sessions" <dvd(at)lumbercartel.com>
- Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 22:40:05 -0700
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On Saturday 29 March 2003 16:01, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
# As they are. No one says that life must be easy or that you have to get a free
# lunch. If Compaq can RE the PC bios in the mid 80s, I doubt that this is much
# worse. IF the program is truly copyrightable (and I would have to be convinced
# of that), then it is still copyright infringement and the judges comments about
# access are irrelevant (he' splitting hairs)
When Compaq reverse-engineered the PC BIOS, they had
access to the complete source code of the original, from which
they derived the specifications.
I'd say that there's a major difference in difficulty there.
A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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