[Rd] Closed-source non-free ParallelR ?

Stavros Macrakis macrakis at alum.mit.edu
Sun Apr 26 18:33:43 CEST 2009

On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 7:24 AM, Ted Harding
<Ted.Harding at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> On 24-Apr-09 16:53:04, Stavros Macrakis wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 8:54 PM, Ted Harding
>> <Ted.Harding at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
>> [...]
>>> ...inspires someone to incorporate the same language extension
>>> into a GPL'd FORTRAN interpreter/compiler. I think I could then
>>> be vulnerable, or they could, on the grounds that I/they had pinched
>>> the idea from the commercial product.
>> Unless you have a confidentiality agreement of some kind, or the idea
>> is covered by a patent, you can pinch any ideas you like from other
>> products.  Copyright law does not cover ideas.
> Well, I'm not so sure about that ... back in 2002/2003, National
> Instrument sued the MathWorks (MatLab proprietors) on the grounds
> that the MathWorks Simulink graphical development tool infringed
> on National Instruments' patented rights in such an idea....

That was a patent case.  We were discussing copyright licenses. Please
read up on the difference before speculating.


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