9 Apr 2000 sengan   » (Journeyer)

Spent 3 hours on tax forms. Mmm, lovely US tax system. In the process found out there are tons of charities where I live (Boulder, CO).

Other than that read an Anarchism Triumphant that kind of heralds the recent court decision that source code is speech: we write code in higher level languages to help others understand it. Otherwise we could code in hex (like I did on the Z80 before I had a stable assembler). Since it is the expression to other human-beings that is copyrightable, then is a binary string which controls a machines' behaviour copyrightable? And if it is, is it the full string or some arbitrary percentage of it: am I violating copyright if I come up with a different string which performs the same function (eg containing a different copyright string)? It can't be the behaviour executed by the machine, since I would have thought that's the domain of patent law. But if a binary string is not copyrightable then perhaps the only way to distribute software while maintaining copyright should be to distribute the source code. Provocative!

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