Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jan 2006 21:01 UTC
ReactOS "There has been a lot of talk about possible tainted code in ReactOS and or developers that had access to leaked Microsoft source code. This has caused a lot of speculation about the future of the ReactOS Project. I'm going to try to put those fears to rest and explain what has been going on and where we are going to go from here. There was one issue that started this discussion and it related to clean-room reverse engineering of certain code in ReactOS."
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RE: Disingenuous?
by digitaleon on Sun 29th Jan 2006 13:57 UTC in reply to "Disingenuous?"
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From: weorthe
I don't think coders looking at leaked (stolen!) Microsoft code and then implementing those ideas in ROS code believed for a second that what they were doing would be legal in the U.S.

People not inside U.S. jurisdiction and not doing business subject to U.S. jurisdiction have no reason to familiarise themselves with U.S. legislation. The contributors outside the U.S. were no doubt operating on the assumption of a "no" answer in both cases, whether or not that is in fact legally the case.

Those people in positions of authority with the ReactOS project inside U.S. jurisdiction are hoping that the code audit, new project policy, current competitive status of their product versus that of Microsoft Windows, and the vagaries and subtleties of the details involved will cause Microsoft to not consider legal action worthwhile. Only time will tell if they're right.

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