[fpc-devel] regarding RTTI unit mail
DrDiettrich1 at aol.com
Sun Aug 29 15:49:30 CEST 2010
Daniël Mantione schrieb:
> If the order of elements is enforced, it is not a creative decision,
> thus both programmers can make the same decision without violating each
> others copyright.
How can one be sure that the arrangement is not required, somehow? ;-)
>> An interface is a contract, and as such every translation *must*
>> follow the original closely.
> Be happy an interface by itself is not copyrightable. If you read about
> the history about the software directive there was a big fight about
> this, because some companies like IBM wanted copyright to protect them
> against clones from the far east, while others actually wanted
> interoperating competing products.
Competing products seem to have won, else FPC and Lazarus were illegal.
> But even though they are not copyrightable, you cannot verbatimly copy
> interface files. There is copyright on the expression of them.
I didn't know that the Directive is so old, and has become part of the
German law almost literally.
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