Re: Legality of analysing DSDT table
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W dniu 04.08.2014 o 13:58, Ian Jackson pisze:
> Mateusz Jończyk writes ("Legality of analysing DSDT table"):
>> I am working on some bug in Linux kernel that is probably somehow related
>> to ACPI. Would it be legal if a bug reporter in India sent me his DSDT
>> table and I would then decompile and analyse it?
> You seem to be in Poland. I think there is no problem with this in
> European Union law: AIUI reverse engineering for the purpose of
> compatibility is excluded from the copyright monopoly.
(EU Computer Program Directive)
"It has therefore to be considered that, in these limited circumstances only,
performance of the acts of reproduction and translation by or on behalf of a
person having a right to use a copy of the program is legitimate and
compatible with fair practice and must therefore be deemed not to require the
authorisation of the rightholder. "
The analysis would have to be done "by or on behalf of a person having a right
to use a copy of the program"
It is unclear what precisely in legalese the phrase "on behalf of" means, but
I would be cautious:
(my national copyright law is similar in this respect)
> Also it seems very unlikely that anyone would want to complain.
Why? I don't think that there are a lot of trade secrets in the DSDT, but
there may be some (at least if the producent is paranoid).
> NB I am not a lawyer.
AEI, Informatyka, Semestr 3 Magisterskich, BDiIS
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