Canon legal response
Posted Jan 12, 2013 23:40 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: Canon legal response
Parent article: Testing Magic Lantern 2.3
If the new software is GPL, and reverse-engineered, I don't see how it can be a derivative. It is a new piece of software (or firmware as they are called in cameras) that happens to use the internal processor of a camera. The parts of the original software used are just for interoperability, which is usually legal.
As to the contract of sale, I have never seen any of those for consumers. I just sign on the credit card slip. Perhaps there is a shrink-wrap agreement or something, but I have not seen them on cameras either. How can a court prevent me from doing what I want with my purchase. Also, the original project is not modifying anything, just distributing software (which is not a derivative of the original). Is Canon going to sue its customers, following the RIAA strategy?
I suspect the strategy would be just to sue the Magic Lantern project on whatever grounds allowed by the most absurd legislation they may find, and make them waste time and efforts in the defense. And that this move would not grant Canon much love either.
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