Free Music License?
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Wed Aug 17 12:12:12 UTC 2005
The word "software" was first used in print in January 1958 in
American Mathematical Monthly by John W Tukey as a sort-of opposite
to "hardware" (the machine parts) for the situation when "stored
program" did not cover all the things held in memory being
In 1958, a program was stored on cards, and then read into memory and
stored to be run (where it became `soft'ware). Today everything is in
memory (a drive is a type of memory, but a slow one).
It was used *because* it is not equivalent to programs.
In 1958 you had this distinction, today you don't have the same
If you define software and programs as equivalent, then you lose
detail and must start claiming that data can never be software!
Data is any type of information that can be expressed in binary. So,
data is software. I fail to see how you could draw the opposite
> You can use their expression, aslong as you don't change it. You
> can also quote pieces (fair use).
The situation given was I need to adapt the idea to the audience,
So use the idea, ideas aren't copyrighted. I'm quite sure you can
come up with a expression that presents the idea in a good way.
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