namespace protection compatible with the OSD?
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Thu Apr 19 20:38:31 UTC 2001
Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> Would you agree that if I took one of Shakespeare's plays and reworked it
> into a screenplay, or novel, that my work would be a derivative work?
> Throw in translating to Chinese for good measure. Throw in adding some
> extra scenes and characters to really flesh out my work, or to adapt it to
> a new culture.
All of those things are making a derivative work, clearly.
> I think the idea of implementing an API is the same thing.
> And I think this is a much closer analogy than using the tax advice given
> by a tax book.
The closest analogy is building a house from a blueprint. The house
isn't a derivative work of the blueprint, or architects wouldn't need
to get paid for drawing them -- they could sue the contractor for
> I am not a lawyer, but I'm getting uncomfortably familiar with too many
> things usually only lawyers have to worry about.
Tell it, brother!
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