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Subject: Re: The superior Rybka chess knowledge

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 08:52:03 01/22/06

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On January 22, 2006 at 02:38:49, Uri Blass wrote:

>On January 22, 2006 at 00:18:52, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>On January 20, 2006 at 17:23:00, Uri Blass wrote:
>>>It is illegal to do it.
>>>I doubt if all of them do not respect the law.
>>You and others keep saying this.  But it is _not_ true.   Please cite any U.S.
>>or international law that specifically and explicitly makes this a criminal act.
>> "reverse-engineering" has been adjudicated as perfectly legal in both US and
>>international courts.  One can't "copy" the code due to copyright.  But one can
>>certainly read, study, and learn from it...
>I guess that I was wrong but the idea that people can learn from the code of the
>commercial programs is certainly not the idea behind the commercial programs.
>If this is the target they can release the source directly and not release only
>an exe file.

This is the reverse of "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware.)  In this case, it
is "let the seller beware" since once you sell your program, your ideas become
public.  Exactly how many different operating systems are there that use the
"windows-based" approach?  Xerox had this going 10+ years prior to things like
MS windows, or X-windows, etc...  Yet X is a free software application, worked
on around the world, all perfectly legal.  If you don't want to reveal anything,
you have to "keep it private".

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