Nees help selecting a license
david at usermode.org
Thu Apr 10 03:54:01 UTC 2003
On Wednesday 09 April 2003 08:12 pm, Christophe Dupre wrote:
> The way I understand it, is what happens if somebody sends in a
> one-liner patch that fixes an off-by-one error. It's a trivial patch,
> but it might be critical AND very difficult to re-implement in a
> different way.
A one liner fix for an off-by-one error is too trivial to consider in
terms of copyright. The patch itself may have a copyright, but changing
one byte in your source code hardly makes it a derivative of the patch.
Is there a legal difference between someone giving you a trivial patch
versus verbally telling you that you have an off-by-one error on line
204? I don't think so.
IANAL, not even on TV, but I would hazard a guess that trivial patches
up to five lines or so are fair game. But use your best judgement. If a
first year programming student could fix the error after being told
what and where it is, then the patch is no longer an expression of an
idea (coyrightable), but a mechanical fix to a deterministic system. If
there's only one logical, correct and trivial way to fix the problem,
it's not copyrightable.
Again, I am not a lawyer, nor carry writs of marquee, nor have had
bestowed upon me any legal exemptions from inerrency. Either use your
own wisdom or consult an atttorney.
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