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Date: 2004-09-06 (09:52)
From: skaller <skaller@u...>
Subject: Re: [Omake] Re: [Caml-list] Announcing the OMake build system version 0.9.1
On Mon, 2004-09-06 at 13:54, Brian Hurt wrote:

> THe license on the compiler is irrelevent- you 
> own both the original work (the code) and the derivitive work (the 
> executable).

Except the executable is probably *also* derived from
other header files and libraries.

> If this becomes important, hire a lawyer.

Why would you believe a lawyer who can't cite a long
history of case law (decisions made by judges)?

> First off, reimplementing someone else's code (even in a 
> different language) does create a derivitive work. 

Translating it creates a derived work.  Recoding the
original code creates a derived work. But reimplementing
the same algorithm does not.

So .. hehe .. I could take your module and
copy the mli file and implement the functions and
then the interface is a derived work but the 
implementation is not. And in Ocaml I could then
simply discard the mli file, run ocaml -i
to derive a new mli file -- and hey presto,
now the interface isn't a derived work either ..
even if line for line it is totally identical 
to the original :)

John Skaller,
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