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Re: ITP:Bug#460591 - Falcon P.L. license

Sean Kellogg <skellogg@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wednesday 19 March 2008 03:10:07 pm Francesco Poli wrote:
> > I don't think that copyright laws give you the right to control
> > distribution of "Scripts", that is to say, works written in your
> > programming language.
> [...]
> There's even the question of how someone goes about learning the language... 
> presumably by example (that's how I've learned most other languages). Can I 
> create a work that is not derivative of those examples and thus under the 
> preview of copyright law?
> This would have made a fun topic to write about in law school :)

Sure.  I suspect there's quite a bit of case law about it, including some
generated by the loglan/lojban disputes, where 'JCB claimed copyright to
the language (any use of Loglan had to be approved by him)'
Source: http://arj.nvg.org/lojban/why-i-like.html

I'm suspicious of any language where the definer is the first implementer
and hasn't renounced all claim to works in that language.  They look like
lawyerbombs to me because I don't know any better.  Is that a good thing
to have when trying to promote your new language?

My Opinion Only: see http://people.debian.org/~mjr/
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