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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:23 pm 
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Dang. I never thought of that file format thing.

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I think I understand what JW is getting at. In the early years of fan-developed tools, we asked permission to develop and distribute the tools - at the request of Cyan. This was done for the PyPRP plugin, UAM and other tools. It wasn't a license - just permission.

Paladin: 'Fair use' is an iffy justificaton, although the forum guidelines do give us permission to discuss the file formats openly... Just to be on the safe side, have you and Zrax sent in a request for permission to Cyan legal?

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If I write a chat program for MSN, I don't need permission from Microsoft to do so. It is fair use to reverse engineer and implement code for the sake of interoperability. Programs like Pidgin, aMSN, and Adium depend on this.
Microsoft, of course, has the option of detecting my code and preventing it from connect, or trying to obfuscate the protocol so that it is harder to reverse engineer.

Cyan has already implicitly authorised libHSPlasma by allowing a KI chat program (which uses libHSPlasmaNet as a backend).


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Any clean room design for interoperability purposes has incredible legal precedent in its favor. US copyright laws would have to be grossly rewritten for this to change.


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