European DMCA

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at
Mon Jul 30 18:14:31 UTC 2001

João Miguel Neves wrote:
> On 30 Jul 2001 01:33:40 +0000, Nick Hockings wrote:
> >
> > I didn't get the chance to download the links given yet.
> > Does this directive restrict the use of copyleft,
> > or does it just make non-free more draconian?
> >
> The problem is that, in practive it makes reverse engineering a crime.
> I'm sure you understand how dangerous that is for free software - the
> inability to interact with proprietary systems and/or replace them would
> hurt free software development.

Will this imply that decoding protocols that flows over a network will be
also a crime?
I will like a clear answer to this question, because as a Samba developer it
may treat my ability to continue to work on the project as it is heavily
based on decoding the rpc used by Microsoft on the SMB protocol.

thank you.

Simo Sorce
Una scelta di liberta': Software Libero.
A choice of freedom: Free Software.

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