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Re: transformations of "source code"

> On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 11:23:47AM -0500, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
>> This doesn't address proprietary or otherwise difficult but not
>> impossible to reverse formats.
> I considered that but I'm not sure how much of a threat it really is.
> There's no way to keep the sourced locked into an obfuscated format
> under my proposal; the first person to crack it open is free to
> redistribute it in obfuscated form.  This is directly analogous, I
> think, to the reason the GNU GPL doesn't have a clause forbidding
> selling a work so licensed for $1 million.

Unfortunately, in the age of the DMCA that isn't quite enough.  Since
the GPL has few restrictions on functional modification, it's not much
of an issue there.  A document license has a broader problem: the
"first person to crack it open" would be violating the DMCA to do so.


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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