[fpc-devel] Extend the libraries people!

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Fri Jun 10 00:41:30 CEST 2005

On Thu, 9 Jun 2005, L505 wrote:

> |
> | | Do not look at delphi copyrighted source, but get info from public sources
> | | like helpfiles for download on Borlands FTP etc.
> | |
> | | This should be enough to reconstruct a rough interface, details will then
> | | later be found by testing real delphi code.
> | |
> |
> | I was just wondering, are there any source code files that Borland company offers
> | which doesn't have copyright and is public?
> |
> Another question: if someone already owns Delphi, they could compile any source code
> from their Delphi CD with freepascal? Is this legal?


> I'm not saying that you could distribute the sources, but you could compile it with
> FPC? Or is that not legal?

It is legal, as long as you don't distribute the sources.

> For example.. one could try compiling the Delphi VCL as a Delphi product owner, but
> not distribute the VCL sources themselves, just what was compiled?

This is possible, what is more, it is being done.


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