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Old 07-03-2004, 10:19 AM   #1
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US licence model


hello all... I may be posting an OT here.
I'm new to Linux and the open source world and have been reading about some software wich would be illegal to use within the US.

Why is this? Where can I get some info about this?

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Pablo
 
Old 07-03-2004, 10:47 AM   #2
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Old 07-03-2004, 01:41 PM   #3
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just about anything is illegal in the US,

software patents for one makes open source software in the US a really big problem, people can get patents for very general ideas, wait till infringing products come along, then sue there asses outa business

also cryptography in the US is very strict, just about anything secure "to secure" (or hard for the government to break if they wanted to) is illegal
 
Old 07-03-2004, 04:07 PM   #4
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A few time ago Microsoft got a patent to write "TO DO" inside a program. Or at least newspapers over here said that. So you tell me that patents can be so general that now it is illegal to write those words insode a program, in any languaje (c++, VBasic, Java)?
 
Old 07-03-2004, 09:02 PM   #5
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in the US pretty much anything is patentable, and the patent people don't care or check if its a stupid patent (one that patents a common sense idea, or patents something like "using the Internet to download videos" )

i don't know where you live, but i hope you don't have software patents
 
Old 07-05-2004, 10:26 AM   #6
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I live in Argentina. There are software patents bu t all software legislation es very new. Actually very few people buy they software (only big companies) and almost everyone uses illegal copies.

I don't know how patenting ideas works here. But I'm sure it is not like in the US. It is very hard to evidence someone is stealing your code when cheking if a variable is true will always be "if VarName".

You can only evidence that someone is stealing your ideas if you had a new idea, and there's no way the other one could think of that by his own.
 
  


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