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From: iii...@PYR.SWAN.AC.UK (Alan Cox)
Newsgroups: gnu.misc.discuss
Subject: Photo-CD
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Date: 1 Sep 92 09:17:47 GMT
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Once more I'm glad I live in europe. At least here they _can't_ stop me
disassembling their code and writing compatibility for it into programs

There is a definite case for having a free image format on CD, to that
kind of standard, maybe not so efficient or clever as photo-cd. The
inevitable alternative will be half a dozen major different formats all
incompatible. We've spent twenty years getting in a total mess with the
computer industry making this mistake - do we have to do it again ?

On the flip side of the coin at least the prices kodak are charging
for their facilities are not unreasonable.


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From: iii...@PYR.SWAN.AC.UK (Alan Cox)
Newsgroups: gnu.misc.discuss
Subject: GATT
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Date: 2 Sep 92 10:56:39 GMT
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Fortunately a lot of UK companies have been pointing out the patent
problem (well to be precise the we get their patents but we don't have
them here so its unfair side of it), and with any luck the patent issues
will get re-examined. Secondly I'm fairly sure that GATT in any form
if it went to a referendum as the maastrict treaty (european single market)
did  in some countries it will be thrown out by the people - amongst
other things the french farmers are very powerful. 

I guess we have to hope that GATT takes so long to negotiate that
the US ceases to be a credible world power (two dollars to the pound
and its rising 8-)) or has its much overdue revolution.


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From: iii...@PYR.SWAN.AC.UK (Alan Cox)
Newsgroups: gnu.misc.discuss
Subject: EEC and software rights
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Date: 2 Sep 92 11:00:49 GMT
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The EEC law guarantees you the right to take someones software and
disassemble it for the purpose of making your own application compatible
with that software. it doesn't let you then go off and write books about
what you have found or write a clone - that still needs clean room
techniques. It does mean for example I can dissasemble a DOS driver
and use the info to write a unix driver for the same hardware or find
out how to call the driver myself so that I can use it directly from
an application.

It's actually very rarely an issue, but its a nice protection to have.

[I think thats exactly right, but I haven't been involved in anything
 but the software side for a while (thank Eris)]