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Re: [Gnash-dev] Does the latest Flash Player EULA still prevent people f
Re: [Gnash-dev] Does the latest Flash Player EULA still prevent people from coding for Gnash?
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 12:12:05 -0500
On Mon, 2009-02-09 at 11:45 -0500, Robinson Tryon wrote:
> If the language about "creating similar software" has been removed
> from the license, does that mean that there is less of a barrier for
> people who have installed the Flash Player client to participate in
> Gnash development?
FYI, this is what caused the language to change:
> My understanding of laws concerning reverse engineering is limited.
> Could hacking on the Gnash codebase be somehow construed as a
> "derivative work" if you have the Flash Player installed?
The phrase "derivative work" here applies to the Flash plugin itself,
not to the SWF/FLV specs. So, no.
> actions such as documenting what output the Flash Player gives based
> on certain inputs be judged to be (legally unprotected) reverse
Black-box reimplementation is not considered reverse engineering of the
code, merely of the process, which is not covered by the EULA.
Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <address@hidden>
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