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Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 113

by phantomfive (#49191971) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

Old thread. Linus apparently thought header files/interfaces could be copyrighted. He's been shown to be wrong in the USA.

A) If you're talking about Oracle VS Google, The appeals court overruled that

B) It's not just 'using the header files', it's literally using the kernel code, so even if interfaces couldn't be copyrighted, that wouldn't apply here.

Comment: Re:Diamond Age (Score 2) 30

by RobinH (#49191157) Attached to: Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things
I thought immediately of that book as well. In fact, the "primer" referenced in the title is a book written for a little girl, and the man (uncle? grandfather?) who commissions the book tries to get the would-be author to consider what it means to be "subversive". This reminds me very much of the book in the summary... it is... subversive. (Maybe)

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 113

by phantomfive (#49190263) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare
It's 'controversial' because the term 'derivative work' is controversial.

For example, imagine NVidia has a driver for their graphics card, and they decide to port the driver to Linux. Of necessity, they will need to use some Linux kernel code to do so. Would that be a derivative work, or not?

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