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Old 02-12-2004, 11:55 PM   #1
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Slashdot has an article (so far backed up by the washington post, originated from neowin, and that's all I'm going to use to verify for now) that someone has taken either a large portion or all of Windows 2000 and NT4 source code.

Should be interesting to see what comes of this, eh?

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Who would have use of that crap?
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According to Groklaw, it's a fairly small portion - about a CDs worth of source in a multi-gigabyte project - but PJ makes a warning to those who would look at such source:

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Here's why, taken from Franklin Pierce's "Copyright for Computer Authors" by Thomas G. Field, Jr. on avoiding copyright infringement:

"As discussed earlier, copyright gives owners the exclusive right, for example, to reproduce protected subject matter (such things as ideas and facts being excluded). Sometimes a question arises as to whether a second, similar work was copied or independently created. If the person creating a second work had access to the original work and the works are virtually identical, copying is likely to be presumed even if the chance of access is remote."

Anyone looking at this code could bring to an end any opportunity to contribute to FOSS software in the future.

That's just copyright issues. Copyright isn't the only issue. Patents, trade secret, it's just a minefield. I hope the rumor is false, but if it isn't, please speak to your attorney and to FSF prior to even thinking about looking at such code.
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