LCA: The state of the Nouveau project
Posted Jan 17, 2007 13:17 UTC (Wed) by sanjoy
In reply to: LCA: The state of the Nouveau project
Parent article: LCA: The state of the Nouveau project
Copyright covers the expression (e.g. the code), not the ideas (e.g. not the register information or algorithms). So even if trade secrets
were obtained in dubious ways (who might themselves face civil or criminal penalties),
others can use this information.
If the information in question were source code, then others have to be very careful to show that they did not look at the code, otherwise they
risk copyright infringment suits, which can be ruinous even if you are totally in the clear.
Patents are also another story, but by definition their information is already
made public in the patent filing, so it's not a question of how the information was obtained (but whether you can
Usual disclaimers that I'm not a lawyer, so this for sure ain't legal advice.
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