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Subject: Re: Do we really want it?

Author: Vasik Rajlich

Date: 06:00:04 08/29/04

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On August 29, 2004 at 07:54:42, Gerd Isenberg wrote:

>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.
>>>>>
>>>>>Gerd
>>>>
>>>>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?
>>
>>Andrew
>
>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.
>
>Gerd

Gerd,

disassembling for purposes of finding information is legal and cannot be
prevented.

It would be legal (though incredibly hard) for someone to disassemble one of the
commercial programs and publish his findings.

Vas



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