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SubjectRe: Re[2]: beos-bootloader? (fwd)
On Thu, 16 Apr 1998, Mike Kilburn wrote:
> > Furthermore, even if they did not *copy* code in the kernel proper.. I'de
> > like to know what *ideas* they borrowed.. :) (i.e. they didn't just take
> > the code, but they took the concept)..
>
> I have often wondered about this regarding GPL code. I have studied so much
> GPLed code I cant help but use it this way when I program non-free software.
> Does that violate the GPL? Does just the act of re-typing the code make it
> your own? Its not possible to forget a clever programming technique once
> you have seen it in some GPL source code so what can you do?

Stealing ideas from source code is legal and does not violate the GPL. Copying
GPled source code (re-typing == copying) requires you to obey to the GPL.

Greetings,

Geert

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Geert Uytterhoeven Geert.Uytterhoeven@cs.kuleuven.ac.be
Wavelets, Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP} http://www.cs.kuleuven.ac.be/~geert/
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium

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