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Re: Bug#189164: libdbd-mysql-perl uses GPL lib, may be used by GPL-incompatible apps

On Thu, 2003-05-29 at 20:00, Jakob Bohm wrote:

> However the main point of my post was not that.  My main point
> was that in Borland vs. Lotus, the issue placed before the court
> was the right to *re-implement* a compatible interface, not the
> right to implement things that *use* the interface.

Lotus v. Borland decided something broader than that: That the menu
hierarchy (which Borland copied from Lotus 1-2-3 not just for macros,
but to use in its own GUI) is a method of operation, and this not
subject to copyright.

The court makes it fairly clear that it considers human interfaces to
computer programs as methods of operation.

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