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Re: Bug#247802: ITP: libfasttrack-gift -- giFT plugin for the fastrack network

Bartosz Fenski aka fEnIo wrote:

I think that many programs from OpenSource world are made via reverse engineering, and there is no problem with including them in Debian.

Consider the most important. Linux kernel. Many drivers are made this

Don't forget SAMBA - it's a reverse-engineer of one of the key intellectual properties of one of the richest, and most sue-happy companies in the entire world. If Microsoft could sue the SAMBA team (and therefore Debian) over copyright or patent infringement, surely they would have done so by now?

I think it is fair to say that if SAMBA is not considered a risk to Debian, neither should any other code reverse-engineered for purposes of compatibility. What may be an issue though is if libfasttrack-gift has infringed copyright by directly copying code from fastrack, rather than by black-box reverse engineering.

Lewis Jardine

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