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 abstraction on Tue 29th Nov 2011 17:37 UTC 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[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Neolander on Tue 29th Nov 2011 17:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Sure, but can you prove that they took a copy of your cells without your consent ? ;)

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RE[5]: Comment by Luminair
by zima on Sun 4th Dec 2011 16:50 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Luminair"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the replication of everybody started without their consent (and self-terminating it intentionally is frowned upon, to say the least; attempts can generally greatly inconvene you, as far as treatment by society goes)

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