Regarding Copyright and Scraping Code from the Web

David Woolley forums at
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.

David Woolley
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