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Re: Legal issues

From: David Bateman
Subject: Re: Legal issues
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 21:51:36 +0100
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Ron Crummett wrote:
> Hi -
> I am teaching a class right now that incorporates a lot of "MATLAB" 
> demos - I do all of them in Octave.  My students are unfamiliar with 
> Octave but I plan on introducing them to it soon as a viable alternative.
> The other day I mentioned it to one of my students and he asked me about 
> the legality of Octave - for example, MATLAB has a "butter" function for 
> a Butterworth Filter, and Octave has a "butter" function for a 
> Butterworth Filter.  Is this copyright infringement of some sort?  While 
> I am positive that Octave is perfectly legal, I'd like a good 
> explanation for my students.  I am not well-versed in legal issues but I 
> am sure that this issue has been dealt with before.
> Thanks,

Microsoft won this fight against Apple in the Eighty's... You can't
protect the "look and feel" of a program.


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