[sane-devel] A doubt about reverse engineering

Julien BLACHE jb@jblache.org
Sat, 04 Sep 2004 09:27:29 +0200

JKD <JKD@JKDSoft.cjb.net> wrote:


> I'm writting a program to control hp scanjet 3970 (at this momment I can
> not call it 'backend') using reverse engineering to a windows library
> provided by HP. And I have a doubt. Due to the structure of the program
> is similar to functions debugged in the library... could I have any
> legal problems with HP? Could exist any problem in making GPL any code
> derived from aplying reverse engineering to a copyrighted library?

HP strongly supports Linux, and usually help as much as they can.

I don't think they'd go after you for writing a backend for the
3970. You could even try to ask them for the specs, although I don't
know what their policy is in this regard. (in such companies the right
hand tends to ignore what the left hand does, so...)


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