Copyrights and Secrets

Ken Brown kenbrown at
Thu Feb 28 20:15:37 UTC 2002

I just left an interesting discussion today on the Hill regarding the
Microsoft settlement.  They were discussing the request of Microsoft’s
Windows source code by.  The following discussion points were of interest to
me: 1)  does a copyright of a software cover its underlying source code?  2)
if the source code is published, is it protected from being copied if it is
copyrighted? 3)  if one views codes without permission and uses it, has that
person violated a copyright? 4) does copyright law correctly deal with
software or should it be updated to properly deal with these issues and
other open source concerns?  5)  is a trade secret different from a source
code secret in the sense that the software is published and the trade secret
is not?

ken brown
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