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Re: GPL & Possible Derivative Work

On Thu, Jun 16, 2005 at 04:42:00PM -0400, Mike wrote:
> Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:
> >Usually the advice is to write your own code based on descriptive
> >information about the protocol, without looking at the original
> >implementation. In other words, use the RFC, not the code.
> >This avoids accusations about nonliteral copying.
> Too bad it's a closed source protocol. But I will give reverse 
> engineering it a try it might be interesting. It's a tiny protocol I 
> might just be able to figure it out. There might even be some unofficial 
> docs on the web somewhere.

The best way to break derivation for stuff like this is to
reverse-engineer it and write a description of the protocol. Then
implement your own version using *only* the description. Never touch
both at once.

To be really robust, you must have different people doing the two
parts, but even with only one, following the discipline gives you a
solid defence against accusations of copying.

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