[antlr-interest] ANTLR 3 License

Terence Parr parrt at cs.usfca.edu
Fri Jul 18 16:02:13 PDT 2003

Yeah...let's talk about something else :)


On Friday, July 18, 2003, at 03:47 PM, Matt Benson wrote:

> Regardless of a bunch of verbal hairsplitting the
> traditional way of writing most programs is with
> source code.  Thus the most sensible (or at least
> straightforward) means of modifying them is by
> modifying that same source code.  If this hardline
> interpretation of the wording is valid, great.  It
> just doesn't fill me with confidence.  Thanks for all
> your time.  Are you as sick of this subject as I am?
> -Matt
> --- Braden McDaniel <braden at endoframe.com> wrote:
>> Quoting Matt Benson <gudnabrsam at yahoo.com>:
>>> Indeed I do infer open-source or the like from
>> "permit
>>> modification."  Other than reverse-engineering
>> and/or
>>> access to source code, what sensible means of
>>> modifying "work that uses the Library" would be
>> left
>>> to me as a customer?
>> The most obvious (and potentially useful) route is
>> modification of the binary
>> with a hex editor. Modification could also be any of
>> various forms of
>> reconfiguration. Note that prohibition of
>> modification and reverse engineering
>> in a license may not be enforceable, as these acts
>> are not traditionally
>> protected by copyright. Nonetheless, I believe some
>> software licenses have
>> attempted to assert such terms.
>> If the license *meant* "permit use and modification
>> of the work's source
>> code", that is what it would say. It does not.
>> -- 
>> Braden McDaniel                           e-mail:
>> <braden at endoframe.com>
>> <http://endoframe.com>                    Jabber:
> <braden at jabber.org>
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