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Re: GPL Question

On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Matthew Simpson wrote:

> > You are free to use and distribute any command string in the Printer
> > Technical Reference. I double checked this with my manager. The only

That seems like a pretty straightforward answer to me.  What aspect of the
law are you worried about violating?

They don't need to put their commands under the GPL.  Information such as
command strings are not subject to copyright law.  The only thing that is
copyrighted in this case is the actual manual itself.  It's much like if
you buy a math textbook, you don't have to get permission from the author
of the textbook to publish a scientific paper based on formulas you
learned out of the book.

The only way you would be restricted is if you signed an NDA regarding the
information in the manual, which it appears that you did not.

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