Resolved: firmware is not software
Posted Aug 24, 2006 6:02 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Resolved: firmware is not software
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At what exact length (in bytes) does it become not free?
Interesting, but not new question. That's for courts to decide. If it's copyrightable - it's non-free, if it's not long/complex enough to be copyrightable - it's "just data".
What if the author write the 50,000-byte initialization, in machine language, in hexadecimal, through sheer application of brain power? What, then, is the "preferred form of modification"?
Do you really believe someone does it today ? I wrote some code in hexadecimal. It was many years ago and even 1kb of code written in such a way was (and will be today) VERY expensive piece of code. Today at least assembler is used. As usual: that's for courts to decide. I'm pretty sure unique person who's writing 50Kb code in hexadeciman and not in assembler will need A LOT OF test to prove that he's not crazy and that he's not liar, but yes, in such a case it'll be "preffered form" because no other form exist...
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