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Re: centericq and MSN support

On 2003-10-23, Måns Rullgård <mru@kth.se> wrote:
> Dylan Thurston <dpt@math.harvard.edu> writes:
>> I believe courts have drawn a legal distinction between products or
>> code that has a reasonable legal purpose and code that has no such
>> legal purpose.
> In the case of MSN, would it be legal to run a private server, using
> the MSN9 protocol?  Or is the protocol patented or copyrighted in some
> way?  If such a server is legal, then a non-authorized client would
> also have a possible legal use.

That could indeed be the case.  I don't know enough about the
situation to have any further comment; I just wanted to say that the
situation is not necessarily analogous.


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