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Re: License issue on tiny Javascript fragment

Ken Arromdee <arromdee@rahul.net> writes:

> On Sat, 7 Feb 2009, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> > 1) The safe way: See what it does, describe someone else not
> > knowing the code to write code doing this for you and use that
> > code.
> Does that actually work? The description is a derivative work of the
> code;

Here's an analogy that I think demonstrates why your assertion isn't

Person A has written a novel. Person B can write an encyclopedia
article that describes in detail (but in their own words) that book.
Person A's copyright is not infringed because person B did not make a
derivative work of the book.

Likewise, I don't think a prose description of the operation of a
program is thereby a derivative work of the program.

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  `\     but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.” —Donald |
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Ben Finney

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