Re: European Directive on Copyright Law (91/EC/250) wrt open source
On Fri, May 07, 2004 at 12:58:45PM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> On 2004-05-07 11:48:55 +0100 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Council Directive 91/250/EEC 14 May 1991; enacted in the UK as S.I.
> >No. 3233
> >does anyone here know what site can be used to obtain the document
> >SI 1992 no 3233?
> It is on
> (where you may also find the original Act). It amends the Act, so it
> should already be in the copy you have seen. The other part describes
> the transition to the amended Act.
> Remember that UK copyright is quite different to some other EU states
i notice in particular that 50B says you may not disclose
what you decompile [to a higher level language] to any party except
those involved in the decompilation process.
that is 1) _not_ in the 91/EC/250 directive that i saw three years
ago 2) _not_ in the 91/EC/250 directive that i see now.
that stops - dead - any benefit by the open source community to
perform reverse engineering, because it explicitly says that you
may not release the source code.
... regarding EU directives: are individual governments _allowed_ to
go beyond the bounds of the EU directives (in the implementation into