Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 20:51 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Yesterday, we reported that the Software Freedom Law Center had started a lawsuit against several companies who they claim violated the GPL. The subject of the violation was BusBox, and the SFLC claims it is operating on behalf of the authors of BusyBox. Original BusyBox author Bruce Perens, however, begs to differ.
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cycoj
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IMO you're incorrect. Thing about a book, if you took e.g. Harry Potter and rewrote the whole book changing all the formulations, but not the story you would quite certainly be infringing copyright and probably be sued.


That is called plagiarism. A close relative of trademarks. I don't think it has ever been applied to software itself as it doesn't make sense.

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Rubbish, did you even read the wikipedia article?
From the article:

Plagiarism is not the same as copyright infringement. While both terms may apply to a particular act, they are different transgressions. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of a copyright holder, when material protected by copyright is used without consent. On the other hand, plagiarism is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author's reputation that is achieved through false claims of authorship.


So lets make the case even clearer:
You are rewriting every phrase of Harry Potter but leave the story as is. At the beginning of the Book you clearly state that your work is a an effort to rewrite Rowlings work in your own words. This cannot be plagiarism because you are not claiming sole authorship, but you still will be sued for copyright infringement and loose. Otherwise you could just create a translation of Harry Potter in your language and you would not commit copyright, are you really trying to say that?

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