What I don't understand is why were people were reverse engineering the BK protocol in the first place. Linus already said he would consider another tool if it would do what BK would do. No version control system appeared with the features he needed. Instead of reverse engineering the protocol why not create a replacement? Detailed feature lists for BK are ont he bitmover site. Even the entire user's guide is online for anyone to read. There's all you need for your functional spec right there.
What saddens me most is the demonstration that certain people are not going to respect the licenses of others. How can you ignore their license and expect people to sprect *your* license when you release software?
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