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Re: Debian-installer, older hardware, boot loaders, miboot & amiboot & ..

On Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 01:13:09PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org>
> > On Tue, Mar 30, 2004 at 03:38:27PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > > If the thing that is being reverse-engineered is covered by copyright,
> > > and the reverse-engineering follows it tightly enough that the result
> > > is a derivate of the original thing, then some kind of permission *is*
> > > needed.

> > I don't think your understanding of reverse-engineering is applicable in
> > the U.S.

> I thin you don't understand which kind of reverse engineering I'm
> talking about. I'm afraid I am not able to be any clearer without
> repeating myself.

> > If you came by a functionally identical result through independent
> > means (and clean-room reverse-engineering qualifies as such under
> > U.S. court precedent),

> Read my lips: I am *not* talking about "a *functionally* identical
> result" or "clean rooms". I am talking about a deliberate (and quick)
> reconstruction of assembler source for the excat bits that Apple has a
> copyright on.

It sounds like you're talking about decompiling, not reverse

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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