[Rd] Closed-source non-free ParallelR ?
deepayan.sarkar at gmail.com
Sun Apr 26 20:40:56 CEST 2009
On 4/26/09, Stavros Macrakis <macrakis at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 7:24 AM, Ted Harding
> <Ted.Harding at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> > On 24-Apr-09 16:53:04, Stavros Macrakis wrote:
> >> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 8:54 PM, Ted Harding
> >> <Ted.Harding at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> >> [...]
> >>> ...inspires someone to incorporate the same language extension
> >>> into a GPL'd FORTRAN interpreter/compiler. I think I could then
> >>> be vulnerable, or they could, on the grounds that I/they had pinched
> >>> the idea from the commercial product.
> >> Unless you have a confidentiality agreement of some kind, or the idea
> >> is covered by a patent, you can pinch any ideas you like from other
> >> products. Copyright law does not cover ideas.
> > Well, I'm not so sure about that ... back in 2002/2003, National
> > Instrument sued the MathWorks (MatLab proprietors) on the grounds
> > that the MathWorks Simulink graphical development tool infringed
> > on National Instruments' patented rights in such an idea....
> That was a patent case. We were discussing copyright licenses. Please
> read up on the difference before speculating.
And you can read Stallman's take on it here:
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