[OpenIndiana-discuss] What is OI/illumos stance on recreation of features from Solaris 11 (and other proprietary OSes)?
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us
Wed Oct 10 14:28:38 UTC 2012
On Wed, 10 Oct 2012, Jim Klimov wrote:
> Hello all,
> I was at an Oracle presentation regarding Solaris 11, and they
> did mention a number of features which I think appeared after the
> code split. Some sound like ideas simple enough to be recreated
> without using their source and just make a look-alike, with any
> other conincidence being purely coincidental.
> The main question is IMHO legalese FUD: if we go this path and
> recreate in illumos from scratch look-alikes of nifty features
> and minor improvements that were created elsewhere, are such
> works vulnerable to lawsuits?
There is more than enough FUD to go around. It is damaging and
Developing software which is works compatibly with some other software
(even to the API level) is quite normal and not to be feared. This
practice has been supported by court of law in the US and EU,
including major recent decisions.
Patents and copyrights are to be feared.
Many/most features developed are not patentable and without access to
source code to copy, copyright is not an issue.
If a developer re-implements a feature he previously implemented at
prior company (from memory) then there is risk because trade secrets
could be involved.
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
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