Oracle Isn't a Linux Company (Motley Fool)
Posted Oct 19, 2006 14:37 UTC (Thu) by tjc
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If Postgresql was ever to get as good as Oracle, then Oracle would take the code, improve on it, and release it as a closed source product. They don't even have to tell anybody what they did.
With Mysql they can't do this.
I'm not so sure about that anymore.
My understanding of copyright law is that it protects the expression of ideas, whereas patent law protects the use of ideas. If someone where to refactor mySQL code to a state where it is legally no longer considered a copy, they would in effect be "factoring away" any copyright claims. If true, this means that the GPL only protects unaltered or minimally altered code.
I've asked a few people about this, but most people with a legal background don't understand the concept of code refactoring. They tend to think of code in the same light as literature.
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