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[7]: Comment by ilovebeer
by The1stImmortal on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Exactly. It's no longer about fair at that point, its about whether the shop keeper is in the right line of business ;)

Which goes to the question, do people have a right to make money off of whatever they want, or should they be allowed to fail if they're trying to make money off of a fundamentally unviable business model?

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