Ken Arromdee <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
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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