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Re: gpl as applied to ideas

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: gpl as applied to ideas
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 12:59:08 +0100 (CET)

This is exactly why people/companies employ `cleen room designs' so
that there will be no copyright/patent/whatever infrigment.  That is,
someone uses the work, then writes a review about it, a lawyer
examines it to make it sure it doesn't contain any bits from the
original work, and then this review is passed to a third-party (a
party that has no connection to the ones who wrote the review) to
implement it.  A classic example is the IBM BIOS.

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