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From Leo Simons <>
Subject Re: How documentation != code, and how to "do" policy (was: Re: Publishing api docs for Subversion)
Date Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:11:43 GMT
On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 5:16 AM, Niclas Hedhman <> wrote:
> this is also the case for Nightly Builds, accessible by the
> public; Legally they are "publishing to the public" (i.e. opposite of
> 'for private use') and bound by licenses and agreements.
> And finally, from Copyright law perspective, you are right that code
> and text is effectively the same thing, but that code has a common
> tendency to be depending on other work, introducing licensing into the
> legal mix. I think it was Leo who also pointed out that Trademarks is
> an additional legal aspect of it.

I have no idea what "it" you mean exactly, but I'm pretty sure I said
nothing about nightly builds and I said nothing about trademarks.
Here's some of what was said just a few e-mails back:

> Doug:
>>  What's special about documentation?
> (...) Less legal risk (...), generally not subject to patent concern

which I probably should not have said since I didn't back it up with a
reasonable reference. Sorry about that.



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