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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] FriBID: Legal issues with reverse engineer

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] FriBID: Legal issues with reverse engineering
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:55:14 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 08:46:30AM +0100, Alex Fernandez wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Mario Castelán Castro
> <address@hidden> wrote:
> > November 11th 2009 for address@hidden subject
> > "FriBID: Legal issues with reverse engineering"
> >
> > The author of that project says: "I've reverse-engineered the
> > interface by studying the data that was sent through it and written a
> > free client (that's FriBID).". I dobut if it is legal to publish the
> > result of that reverse engeeniering. Someone knows about the matter?.
> It basically depends on the intent. As the renowned legal corpus in
> the Wikipedia says:
> So what is the purpose of FriBID?


It's clearly interoperability, but even if it were not, I think we
should assume reverse-engineering is legal. Some recent laws try to
harm our right to reverse-engineer, but we shouldn't over-fear it, in
practice making those laws more powerful than they actually are.


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