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Re: LCC and blobs

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 02:13:05PM -0500, Luke Schierer wrote:
> The aim/icq servers do not currently, but could at the flip of a switch 
> (and have in the past), required you to send a hash of a specified 
> segment of a specified file from the official (copyrighted) winaim 
> client. If I am understanding this thread correctly, that would be 
> roughly the same as a physical device with firmware requirement for the 
> purposes of this discussion.  

I'm undecided where to put this case, which has come up before.  The
actual hash is certainly uncopyrightable (probably being just a 32-
or 128-bit number); the whole thing exists purely to make competing
implementations harder.  Intuitively, it seems more legitimate to
use a third-party hash server to handle these (which has been done)
than it is to stick proprietary firmware on a server and wget it; it's
being done to work around copyright abuse, not to work around the Social
Contract.  I can't get beyond intuition on this, though.

In any case, none of that applies to firmware, so it doesn't help the
parallel.  It'd be useful to have a real-life example of a server that
needs to be sent proprietary data for a "legitimate" reason (in the
sense that a device needing to be sent firmware is "legitimate").

Glenn Maynard

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