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Gary Thornock Gary_Thornock at
Wed Apr 6 14:47:22 MDT 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: plug-bounces at [mailto:plug-bounces at] On 
> Behalf Of Steve Dibb
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 14:41
> To: Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List
> Subject: Re: Slashdot feed...
> Josh Coates wrote:
>> i read "open source zealots ripped off (ie. stole) bitkeeper
>> by illegally reverse engineering it, which resulted in
>> bitmover killing their free version of the product."
> So, is it really illegal to reverse engineer something even if
> its a license agreement (non-signed contract)?

It's not illegal per se.  If it were, BitMover would be suing
(or, at least, they'd have legal standing to sue) OSDL.  On the
other hand, it does go against the original agreement between
BitMover and Linus, where they said "we'll provide you with our
product and space on our server for free if you don't try to
create a competing product while you're using our free stuff."

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