Regarding Copyright and Scraping Code from the Web
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Tue Oct 6 19:25:29 UTC 2009
John Cowan wrote:
> becomes pointless. Most of us don't don battle armor to cross the
> street; likewise, most people don't actually worry about being sued by a
> blogger who openly published the source code in such a way as to allow a
> reasonable person to conclude that s/he intended it to be used by others.
The problem isn't with work owned by the blogger. The problem is that
people in internet forums often provide third party code without proper
attribution, and in breach of copyright. I've also seen people advising
people, effectively, to distribute Microsoft non-distributable tools.
All that tends to bother them is whether or not it does the job.
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
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