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: Comment by Luminair
by Fergy on Tue 29th Nov 2011 15:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

COPYING IS STEALING

FACT

COPYING IS STEALING

FACT

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by n0b0dy on Tue 29th Nov 2011 15:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
n0b0dy Member since:
2009-09-03

The reality is that plagiarism is theft


See, same idea, more precise but using other words.
So I said it better and I'm in the clear! ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Fergy on Tue 29th Nov 2011 16:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

The reality is that plagiarism is theft


See, same idea, more precise but using other words.
So I said it better and I'm in the clear! ;)

Making an imitation of someone's work devalues their work.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by abstraction on Tue 29th Nov 2011 17:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
abstraction Member since:
2008-11-27

Replication is another nice word.

Those stealing cells of mine should pay royalties for copying me.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Gone fishing on Tue 29th Nov 2011 16:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

COPYING IS STEALING

FACT


COPYING IS STEALING

FACT


COPYING IS STEALING

FACT

It's gone memetic - ideas want to be copied.

The development of ideas depends on cumulative development i.e copying and change. If copying is theft then human culture is grand larceny

Edited 2011-11-29 16:46 UTC

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