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'[way] [OT] When is a protocol proprietary?'
2000\05\12@095646 by Scott Dattalo

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On Thu, 11 May 2000, Bob Blick wrote:

> You might want to check the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it made quite
> a bit of reverse engineering illegal. Probably not applicable in your case.
>
> Next up is UCITA, but so far only in Virginia. That makes reverse
> engineering file formats illegal from what I hear(goodbye import filters!)
>
> But is it wrong?

Who is John Galt? Why ask rhetorical questions? Yesterday's headlines splashed
Microsoft's demise and the Music Industry's "voluntary agreement" with the FTC
to abolish anti-trust behavior. The recording industry is trying to ram DMCA
down our throats and mindless Rock-n-Roll bands are sueing their listners. It's
almost like "Atlas Shrugged" coming to life. Ayn Rand's grave resonates an
ominous, "I told you so!". I wonder what's next (or should it be who's necks?)?

Mean while, we busily crank out faster and better code. We're totally oblivious
to the foolishness outside of our focus. Why waste our time fretting over
politics when we can figure out how to save one cycle in a new algorithm?

2000\05\12@145359 by William Chops Westfield

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>> It's almost like "Atlas Shrugged" coming to life.

Um, it's been that way for a long time.  I first read AS in the 70s, and it
seemed that way then (remember "Windfall Profits taxes" levied on the oil
companies?), and I don't think there's been any hiatus since...

BillW

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