Re: [OS:N:] Cloning technology
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Peter Quiring wrote: The first group takes a product and
reverse-engineers it writting all findings into a document. Then you pass this document to another group that has never attempted to reverse-engineer the product. From the document made by the first group, the second group builds a clone of the product. This legal loophole has allowed Compaq to make the first IBM clone.With this, we could create clones of MPEG, and other technologies for the Open Source community.
That gets you by Copyright (sometimes- There is the "look and feel issue) (The Famous Apple wastebasket vs the Recycle bin) but not patents. If you build something that uses the method that is in a patent, you are liable to be sued, even if you are unaware that the patent has been granted.
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