Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Punktyras
Legal "What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals award, which it says it gives to 'exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others'. However, his cherished status did not last."
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RE[5]: part of EULA
by nicholas on Thu 7th Jun 2007 20:03 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: part of EULA"
nicholas
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He is injecting code in Visual Studio to bypass a limitation. How is that not illegal? It is like injecting code in Adobe Photoshop to bypass license validation.


In civilized countries -such as the UK- it is not illegal to write software that will "bypass a limitation", nor is it illegal to distribute this software.

Regarding your bad analogy of writing a crack to remove Photoshop's license validation, this too is not illegal in this country. Neither is distributing it.

Distributing a cracked copy of Photoshop without an accompanying license is illegal. Writing and distributing a crack is not.

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