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Re: svn commit: r1140482 - /subversion/branches/svn-bisect/BRANCH-README

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:31:36 -0400

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:24, Hyrum K Wright <hyrum_at_hyrumwright.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM, Daniel Shahaf <d.s_at_daniel.shahaf.name> wrote:
>> [ Haven't read the whole thread yet, quick response only to this sentence ]
>> Peter Samuelson wrote on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:11:45 -0500:
>>> This is why you should read the existing third-party implementations.
>> I believe some third-party implementations are GPL'd --- meaning that we
>> can't borrow code from them --- so one should be careful in what parts
>> of what implementations one chooses to read.
> We certainly can't copy / paste code, but borrowing algorithms,
> techniques, patterns or ideas is perfectly valid.  GPL governs
> copyright of the code, not the ideas contained therein.  (For
> instance, reimplementing something from a GPL'd Python program to a
> ALv2'd C program would be perfectly valid.)
> -Hyrum
> PS - IANAL and could be way off base here.  If I am, and even
> *reading* GPL code somehow makes you ineligible to contribute to
> ALv2-licensed code, then the GPL is even goofier than I thought.

IMO, your interpretation is quite correct.

Received on 2011-06-29 12:32:19 CEST

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