Busy busy busybox
Posted Oct 2, 2006 18:44 UTC (Mon) by tjc
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Beyond the licensing issue, I'm not clear on how one could accurately identify and seperate code that 's been contributed and "assimilated" into the codebase. Most code eventually gets refactored, and after this has been done, what then? There are two possible senarios:
1) After code has been refactored, then it's no longer part of the original contribution, and the contributors copyright claims are no longer valid.
2) The contributors copyright remains valid after the code has been refactored, and the codebase is forever tainted, since the original contribution can no longer be accurately identified and extracted.
Most license infractions that are settled in court involve code that's been blatantly copied over from one program to another and remains largely unchanged. It's unsettling to think of what might happen if a court takes up the job of deciding what to do about code that's been refactored.
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