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    SubjectRe: Why DRM exists [was Re: Flame Linus to a crisp!]
    On Sun, Apr 27, 2003 at 03:32:55PM -0700, Larry McVoy wrote:

    > I don't think it is exclusively the open source folks that have the
    > business guys worried, they are also worried about the illegal wholesale
    > replication of the software which occurs in places like China.

    apples? pears?

    100% copy or "binary clone" of a software is illegal, thats correct.

    Reimplementing the "ideas" behind a software is legal.

    Otherweise there wouldn't be Bitkeeper. "100% original invention" is
    impossibel today. At least for a "nontrivial" software. And i guess
    Bitkeeper isn't "trivial" (-> it's more than a oneliner).

    Bis denn

    Real Programmers consider "what you see is what you get" to be just as
    bad a concept in Text Editors as it is in women. No, the Real Programmer
    wants a "you asked for it, you got it" text editor -- complicated,
    cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dangerous.

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