Unable to buy a copy of BK
Posted Sep 26, 2004 5:04 UTC (Sun) by lm
In reply to: Unable to buy a copy of BK
Parent article: An Interview with Tom Lord of Arch (O'ReillyNet)
Sigh. You guys are missing the point. Every commercial software license in the world has words to the effect "no reverse engineering". Go look, they all have it.
That clause is far more restrictive than "you can't compete with us". It means you aren't allowed to poke at the software for *any* reason as opposed to only if you are chosing to compete with us. There is easily a 1000:1 ratio of random engineers to source management engineers, we were trying to avoid sweeping everyone into the same category.
"You can't compete" is a *subset* of no reverse engineering. The intent of that clause was to only target those people who wanted to destroy our livelihood. It was explicitly designed to leave the door open for people who had to poke at the software to do something we hadn't anticipated. In other words, the clause you hate so much was designed to help you unless you had an active goal of hurting us. Oh, my, how unreasonable of us.
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