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Nov
8
comment Because of over incumbent patents, is it possible to safely develop any software without the risk of legal action?
I could change the title to, "Has anyone ever been sued over a patent as stupid as this?"
Nov
8
comment Because of over incumbent patents, is it possible to safely develop any software without the risk of legal action?
Could we move it to patents. then? I feel this is such an important issues given the upcoming and existing patent situation in the world, that understanding this issue could greatly help the future of software development?
Nov
8
comment Because of over incumbent patents, is it possible to safely develop any software without the risk of legal action?
I've updated the question. I do hope this can get a sensible answer.
Nov
8
revised Because of over incumbent patents, is it possible to safely develop any software without the risk of legal action?
edited title
Nov
8
asked Because of over incumbent patents, is it possible to safely develop any software without the risk of legal action?
Sep
14
awarded  Yearling
Mar
29
comment What ASP.NET MVC can do and Ruby on Rails can't?
Being able to drop down to raw c# / .net framework could be considered more flexible?
Oct
3
revised Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
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Sep
15
comment How hard would it be for Microsoft to support deployment of .net apps onto OSX and linux
Fair enough, no problem!
Sep
15
awarded  Yearling
Sep
14
asked How hard would it be for Microsoft to support deployment of .net apps onto OSX and linux
Jul
13
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
I'm not whining about anything, I felt this poses an interesting question and am following it up to the extent that is possible within the network. OK, so you are saying that GPL code is not put up to learn from, but rather to freely execute an algorithm. This doesn't explicitly cover the situation of learning from the source, but is an interesting angle.
Jul
6
revised Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
Add link to follow up question
Jul
6
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
Where is your proof that AppStore does not allow GPL code? I heard that the wordpress app is GPL? wpiphone.wordpress.com/development
Jun
28
comment Is it OK to learn an algorithm from an open source project, and then implement it in a closed source project?
While I did use the word debate, I do believe there is an answer to this question. I believe the debate would be formed by different answers and therefore this question is valid.
Jun
27
asked Is it OK to learn an algorithm from an open source project, and then implement it in a closed source project?
Jun
27
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
Yes, but if we decide that it is legitimate to learn from the original(the algorithm, not the implementation) then that should be OK. TBH I don't think I need any help with the implementation side of things, I just wanted somewhere to learn the algorithm. The code well commented so it should be a fine place to learn. And if it was not put up there to learn how it works, what for? Perhaps only to re use in other open source or non profit endeavours?
Jun
26
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
I really like this answer. I think the issue is if you can use the code as a learning point, and then re implement that. I think it's about a 200~ LOC script, so it's not that tricky. I just really wanted to start from a working example for my learnings, and so it seemed to make sense to start from there. If I wrote the whole thing in psudo code and GPL'd my port would that put me in a reasonable position? I really think the title of the post has sparked the debate more than I was expecting.
Jun
26
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
I'm not trying to avoid the licence(why I asked the question), but I wondered what the situation was regarding issues like this. Is there a time limit or amount of difference between two pieces of work that will stop it being a derived work? Otherwise it seems that one cannot use knowledge that is learnt from studying open source code?
Jun
26
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
OK, then what about the other point, about learning from open source? How is that allowed? Only if you don't implement it ever again, or not for a long time? And as long as it's in a different programming language? Can you learn from an algorithm, and then read the same thing else where, and then it's OK to use it in your own project?