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Re: Matlab File Format

From: Mike Miller
Subject: Re: Matlab File Format
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 10:44:05 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 17 Jun 1999, David Doolin wrote:

> Matlab is distributed with a certain amount of M-files which would 
> be covered under their licensing.  I don't think they can legally 
> stop someone from reverse engineering a _data_ file produced
> by Matlab (yet), unless they own the data.

This must be true, and not just for now, but always.  Think about word
processors.  WordPerfect, MS-Word, etc. always allow the user to save and
import many file formats.  If they could be proprietary, they would be.
Same for SAS and SPSS, etc., in the statistical domain.  There are even
programs that work with hundreds of different formats and translate
between them.  No laws prevent it!

Go for it!


Michael B. Miller
University of Missouri--Columbia

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