Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Nov 2011 14:18 UTC
Legal The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, is kind of on a roll lately. We already discussed how they outlawed generic ISP-side internet filters, and now, in an opinion (so it's not a ruling just yet), Yves Bot, an advocate-general at the Court, has stated that functions provided by computer programs, as well as the programming languages they're written in, do not receive copyright protection. The opinion is very well-written, and relatively easy to read and grasp. Note: Brilliant quote from a comment over at Hacker News: "Copyright makes you write your own code. Patents prevent you from writing your own code."
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RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer
by microbe on Wed 30th Nov 2011 12:58 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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It doesn't really matter if the end product is physical or digital. If the original producer doesn't get a reward for product, eventually that will drive the gifted programmer/producer away to do something completely different (no milk!). Modern society isn't a static set of developers and occupations. It's an organic result of behavioral models, which has been in place for decades.

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