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SubjectRe: openbkweb-0.0
Guys, Larry isn't saying that you are not allowed to BUY a copy of
bitkeeper and reeverse engineer it, he is saying that you are not allowed
to get the FREE copy of bitkeeper and reverse engineer it.

if you give Larry money for a license you can reverse engineer it,
analyse it's tools, etc under all the reasoning that you give about your
legal right to something you have paid for.

but the FREE use of bitkeeper does not give you the same rights. Larry is
saying that he won't give people who are perceived as 'out to get him' a
free license for bitkeeper

so drop all this nonsense about the rights you have for purchasing
software and how evil Larry is for trying to take those rights away.

David Lang

On Fri, 14 Feb
2003, Matthew D. Pitts wrote:

> Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 01:02:57 -0500
> From: Matthew D. Pitts <mpitts@suite224.net>
> To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: openbkweb-0.0
>
>
> Jamie.
> >
> > Someone may copy and use your software _without_ agreeing to the license.
> >
> > Then you can sue them for breach of copyright.
> >
> > You will win, unless their copying was fair use.
> >
> > Reverse engineering for interoperability is a form of fair use in many
> > countries, including Germany and the UK.
> >
> > Draw your own conclusion :)
>
> That particular line of reasoning is even included in the infamous DMCA here
> in the US... But the courts have ruled in favor of the MPAA with regards to
> attempts to LEGALLY reverse-engineer CSS.
>
> Daw your own conclusion...
> Matthew D. Pitts
>
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