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Subject: Re: Do we really want it?

Author: Gerd Isenberg

Date: 04:54:42 08/29/04

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On August 29, 2004 at 04:43:00, Andrew Williams wrote:

>On August 29, 2004 at 03:16:21, Gerd Isenberg wrote:
>>On August 28, 2004 at 20:05:49, Dan Honeycutt wrote:
>>>On August 28, 2004 at 14:05:08, Gerd Isenberg wrote:
>>>>I also commend chess program authors, commercial or not, to put some disassembly
>>>>paragraph inside the readme and to remove symbols from the executable.
>>>Hi Gerd:
>>>What do you mean by "put some disassembly paragraph inside the readme"?
>>>Dan H.
>>I am not a lawyer (IANAL), something like:
>>"It is not permitted to disassemble or reverse engenier this program"
>Why would you suggest that? I don't understand?

Because disassembling is likely to be an act to spy out a program, which is not
open source. Of course if a severe suspicion is claimed by someone, that a
program is a clone, an independent legal instance is allowed to disassemble to
check the facts, if the autor is not cooperative to show/explain his sources.

I can't imagine that some commercial authors are happy if somebody else
disassembles their program for academic reasons.


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