A cease-and-desist for the Gaia project
Posted Nov 28, 2006 0:18 UTC (Tue) by Zack
In reply to: A cease-and-desist for the Gaia project
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>First: Your example uses "algorithms and data formats," but Google's issue with Gaia is the data itself. They don't have permission to give you the data.
I'm not convinced that *what* exactly the magic trinket that forbids reverse engineering is all that important to the matter, as long as it can be used as an indirect stick.
>The data stored by Bitkeeper was the source code of the kernel (or other projects that used it).
The data itself was freely retrievable at all times in my recollection, but the meta-data wasn't.
>A random crusade to "free the data" will only make matters worse, motivating them to further limit access to their data. Respect their copyrights for now.
I'm not that concerned with the data, and I respect all copyright. But is this not a carte blanche to undo all reverse engineering efforts ? Could not a proprietary video card vendor use this method to cease and desist the Nouveau project ?
As you stated, copyright and software idea patents are different things, but in hindering reverse engineering by this method they serve the same purpose.
>How many of us have decided both that it's unethical to violate RIAA's copyrights by copying music and that it's unethical to support RIAA's business model by buying music from them?
At least one. Perhaps that is related to why the whole affair strikes me as odd.
I read the rest of your comment a few times as well, and it clarified some things for me. Thank you for that.
Perhaps the battlenet affair would have made a better example for my point.
Obviously the sky is not falling and everything will hopefully peter out soon enough, but there's this general sentiment of, "it can't be all that bad, because google's not evil" that is unsettling.
Google is partly a proprietary software vendor. It is not wrong to question their behaviour even though they are a large patron of open source.
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