Re: European Directive on Copyright Law (91/EC/250) wrt open source
Arnoud Engelfriet said on Tue, May 04, 2004 at 04:00:57PM +0200,:
> No, people would be forced to license their work under GPL or
> develop alternative standard libraries.
I do not see anything such a view in the English version. All thsi
document says is,
`you can reverse engineer so as to achieve interoperability'.
Even if you use a non-free license, you will still have to go through
the pain of re-writing a (software) library. You cannot use the
existing work as such, AFAI can see.
In case of a free/copyleft work, you do not have to `reverse engineer'
the program, as commonly understood. You will still have to write code
which does the same functions if you want to keep it non-free.
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,