[Rhythmbox-devel] Re: [gst-devel] Re: 0.8 in 2.6 ?

Joshua Haberman joshua at haberman.com
Fri Oct 10 04:16:03 CEST 2003

On Fri, 2003-10-10 at 00:44, Thomas Vander Stichele wrote:
> you can look, but not copy.  Ie, figure out the one missing bit you
> don't have, then write it from memory.

It is not nearly that simple.  If you want to see the kind of analysis
that goes into deciding whether a program is infringing, I would
recommend reading the lengthy Computer Associates v. Altai opinion:


If by "write it from memory" you mean "reproduce the part you need
verbatim, but from memory" then that is certainly inadequate.  The
mechanics of how you copy (copy/paste vs. memorize/recall) are
immaterial to whether infringement has occurred.

Probably a better approach to the situation is to ask whoever wrote
alsamixer if they have any problem with it being used as a model for an
LGPL mixer.


> Thomas
> On Fri, 2003-10-10 at 09:35, Ronald Bultje wrote:
> > On Fri, 2003-10-10 at 06:36, Alvaro del Castillo wrote:
> > > Reading the mixer thread I have thought several times that ... why this
> > > guys don't look into the alsamixer code to learn how to do it? Maybe it
> > > is a silly answer, I have no knowledge about ALSA code ... only a ALSA
> > > user for the moment ;-)
> > 
> > That code is likely GPL, and we (or: I) want a LGPL mixer (there's some
> > legal reasons for this).
> > 
> > Ronald
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