"Geir Magnusson Jr." <email@example.com>
wrote on 05/12/2005 02:58:54 PM:
> > Notice that the residuals clause does not extend to copyrights.
> > You can study Sun's source code under the JRL and then turn around
> > and write your own implementation relying solely on what you
> > remember, and you're covered for any potential trade secrets
> > Sun might have had. However, if your code turns out to
> > "substantially similar" (an intentionally vague legal
> > then Sun might have a copyright claim that it can assert. You
> > to make sure that your code is not substantially similiar. How
> > does that without constantly referring to the code that you're
> > trying not to copy without looking like you're trying to copy
> > without getting caught is an interesting question.
> How is this any different than looking at any other copyrighted
> material for which you don't have a license to freely copy?
Not much different. If you were writing a novel about a young boy
who was going to a wizarding school you probably shouldn't be using Harry
Potter as your reference material.
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