|Date:||Mon, 19 Feb 2007 12:40:40 -0800|
|User-agent:||Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 (X11/20061206)|
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.
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