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SubjectRe: GPL Question
Alan Cox wrote:
> > If the answer to this is "yes", then Microsoft should own some rights to
> > every piece of software that uses the Windows API.
> As US copyright law stands of the last few days Microsoft are entitled to
> require a magic constant is passed in one register to 'unlock' an API syscall.
> If you disassemble code to find that constant you could be jailed.

Anyone figuring out such a constant could post it anonymously on some
website/newsgroup. Anybody abusing the constant later, including the
real discoverer, can simply claim they got it from that anonymous
posting. It is now common knowledge. No reverse engineering here...

Helge Hafting
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