copyrightable APIs? (was RE: namespace protection compatible wit

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Sat Apr 21 01:18:39 UTC 2001

On Fri, 20 Apr 2001, Fred Patrick wrote:
> I have a slightly different question about API's and copyrights. Suppose one
> has an API that acts as a specification for access to a library and perhaps
> a sample implementation. I dont care if someone creates another
> implementation of the API, in fact I want to encourage other people to do
> so. What I do not want is for someone to modify the API and therefore the
> specification of the libraries behavior. What is the role of copyrights in
> achieving this.

I think that's another way of phrasing my original question.  =)


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