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Subject: Re: Do we really want it?

Author: Gerd Isenberg

Date: 11:40:15 08/29/04

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On August 29, 2004 at 09:00:04, Vasik Rajlich wrote:

>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

Really? Thanks for the information.
If i'll ever release a program, i'll try the best to hide all my stuff.
I guess each fifth byte is probably 0x66 or 0x0f ;-)

Gerd



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