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[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Fergy on Tue 29th Nov 2011 16:12 UTC 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[4]: Comment by Luminair
by n0b0dy on Tue 29th Nov 2011 16:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
n0b0dy Member since:
2009-09-03

If you read your history books well, you'll find out that most so called innovators simply outdone a previous existing idea.

Examples: Apple Newton -> Palm Pilot
LG Prada -> Iphone
Nearly anonymous woman wearing her hair short -> Coco Chanel embracing the idea and turning it into a trend.

I could go on with Atari and Sony Playstation but the world is simply full of nice ideas which were later improved on to become GREAT ideas.

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