[slime-devel] Re: Slime license annoyances

Nikodemus Siivola tsiivola at cc.hut.fi
Tue Oct 25 19:16:04 UTC 2005

On Tue, 25 Oct 2005, GP lisper wrote:

> The safe way would be a "Chinese Wall".  Have someone that has looked
> at the code describe it (at high level, certainly not line-by-line) to
> someone that has never seen the code.

As far as I can tell this is quite unecessary. As long as you can make a 
case that the reimplementation is an independent effort, not derivative.

I would personally feel quite comfortable reimplementing xref.lisp (not 
that I have the time to do it) despite having read it. I would even feel 
comfortable to _refer_ to it while writing another implementation: "I 
wonder how it dealt with LET?". If the original author had a problem with 
that I they could sue me.

IANAL, but I don't let that bother me.


  -- Nikodemus              Schemer: "Buddha is small, clean, and serious."
                   Lispnik: "Buddha is big, has hairy armpits, and laughs."

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