[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

rdflowers base at chalice.us
Sat Dec 15 01:59:20 UTC 2012


There is no way that RMS affects you, UNLESS this code of yours isn't  
fully yours but you would like to incorporate someone else's code in  
your own without fulfilling their license terms.

You wouldn't do that, would you?

I still don't see what some find to be unclear -- maybe just because  
it just isn't convenient to them that things are as they are?

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     Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:13:30 -0500
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> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I don't think making money off your code will ever be an issue, companies
>> hire you to program, what code you use to do it is less of there concern
>> beyond maybe which language you use.
> I write embedded systems code.  I control hardware via software, and the
> hardware is trivial to copy.  While my company might continue to sell that
> hardware even if my software were to be free to the world, for a little
> while, it wouldn't be long before someone else would copy the whole lot and
> go into competition with us.  RMS thinks that's a grand idea.  When some
> Chinese knockoff made by nearly slave labor undercuts our prices by 50%
> though, it won't be long before I'm out of a job.  They spent a couple of
> days copying the PCB, an hour or so figuring out how to compile my code,
> and !bam! they're in business.  So the months, and sometimes years it has
> taken me to develop a product is now copied in a matter of days.  I'm
> sorry, that's not the kind of world that rewards innovation.
> We all know its a fools errand to ask programmers to work for free, but
>> Stallman has a point: Companies shouldn't be allowed to copyright
>> individual bits of codes, a whole program? Sure, but copyrighting
>> individual lines and statements is like copyrighting the English language
>> sentence by sentence.
> If I come up with a sort routine that is a thousand times faster than any
> other out there, I (or my employer) darn well better be able to copyright
> that, and not just the whole program that makes use of it.  However, it
> usually isn't copyright that provides that protection, it is patents.  And
> software patents are a whole 'nother kettle of fish.  I would agree that
> all the bullshit about copyrighting "look and feel" needs to go.  But truly
> novel algorithms and methodologies deserve some form of protection.  The
> problem lately is the definition of "novel" has gotten pretty sloppy.
> Jeff.

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R. D. Flowers, Chattanooga, TN, USA

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