[fpc-devel] Delphi XE2 uses FPC for iOS target

Hans-Peter Diettrich DrDiettrich1 at aol.com
Thu Aug 11 17:53:57 CEST 2011

Sven Barth schrieb:
> On 08.08.2011 22:11, Marco van de Voort wrote:
>> In our previous episode, Sven Barth said:
>>>> That being said, there is another bubble going on in Mobile, and we 
>>>> have to
>>>> be very careful that such things don't happen again.
>>> May I ask you to explain what you mean here? (Just curious)
>> That donations of large pieces of code are not checked properly. 
>> Specially
>> for parts (new units) that we don't know very well, and thus copyrighted
>> code is more likely to go unnoticed.
> Thanks for explaining, but could there really be such a problem as FPC 
> is more or less the first Pascal compiler on such platforms? Or does 
> converting copyrighted C(whatever) code count here as well? (Sorry, if I 
> sound a bit naive, but I still have problems with all that copyright and 
> license stuff...)

IMO copyright and software patents are subject to U.S. lawyers only. In 
general only a concrete implementation of an algorithm is protected, not 
the algorithm itself. The same algorithm, implemented in a different 
language, can not really violate any rights, even if it results in the 
same binary code.

Of course judges may have different opinions on such issues, based on 
their interpretation of specific local law.


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