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Software, reverse engineering and the law

Software, reverse engineering and the law

Posted May 5, 2005 12:51 UTC (Thu) by vblum (guest, #1151)
Parent article: Software, reverse engineering and the law

So do I read correctly:

The European software directive would not only implement patents. but also prohibit someone from reverse engineering, say, Microsoft's SMB protocols, and making availabla a competing product under the GPL?

If this were true, it would be at least as grave as the patents proposal, in my view - a second obstacle for the creation of competition, if the first, obvious bait (patents) happens to be thrown out.

Is that so?


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