[Ilugc] Immunity from IPR issues for Closed Source software
ramanraj at md4.vsnl.net.in
Thu Jul 22 20:40:58 IST 2004
Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote:
> Ramanraj K wrote:
>> It is upto the authors of computer programs to enforce their rights.
>> AFAIK, it is difficult to judge copyright infringement from mere
>> binaries, unless it is a byte for byte binary copy, it which case
>> there is no need to look into sources to conclude copyright
>> infringement. But if the source code has not been disclosed, then it
>> would have to be summoned, and if there is a failure to produce it,
>> in most jurisdictions an "adverse inference" would be drawn against
>> the person so refusing to produce.
> Simply running "strings" on the binary, or inspecting it with a hex
> editor, should give some more information.
Probably it would be the work of experts to reason and tell if a work
has been copied or not.
I tried editing line 12 of the binary of hello, and running it:
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