[sword-devel] Re: Importing from biblegateway.com
jacklewis2 at gmail.com
Sun May 15 09:04:50 MST 2005
> Jack Lewis wrote:
>> Disclaimer: IANAL.
> Same here.
>> Reverse engeering for compatability is legal in the United States and
>> Europe. Examples include Samba, WINE, Accolade vs. Sega, Linux (from
>> UNIX), Kaffe (from Java). Here is some info:
> As I understand it, (I have not looked into this in a while and the law
> may have changed, I hope it did) while it is in some cases legal to
> reverse engineer, it is not legal to circumvent an accesses control.
> There was not even an exclusion to the law for public domain texts,
> which was discussed when exclusions were considered. So, if the software
> that the work is accessed through can be considered to have an access
> control, circumventing that access control by reverse engineering would
> not be legal.
Yes, that's what the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act does. It
prevents circumvention, but is interesting there have been exceptions to
But of course, the DMCA has been upheld in circumvention:
Fortunately, I don't see circumvention in this case. I see creating
comptability with other formats.
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