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Re: "Open Source" Software.

Postby dls » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:21 am

That was a dispute as to a patent (fundamentally different)

Open source is a copyright concept.
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Re: "Open Source" Software.

Postby diy » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:24 am

yep and the trash can - apple vs. microsoft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Com ... osoft_Corp.

Its more straight forward when someone copies a graphic it seems, over code. the whole source code copying is still very much evolving as some source code copying can be fair use - e.g. androids copying of Java APIs

The apple vs MS argument was both patent and copyright, as they originally tried to patent the GUI, and then tried to copyright the desktop concept (effectively windows), they failed, but they were successful in protecting the icons and images used.

If you look at Linux Mint for example - you can see it picks the best of the mac and windows world nicely.
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