From: Jim Carlock (spamtrap_at_crayne.org)
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 00:11:47 +0000 (UTC)
Well, an application is an OS. Any application, because what is
done within that application is controlled by that application. An
application can be defined as an operating system, no? Usually,
they aren't thought of in such a manner, and if that is true, then
if Microsoft prohibits it, then they are selling a program with no
license agreement, because if taken into a court of law, what is
true is true, what is untrue is untrue, and it all can be argued.
Hypothetical ideas within a contract can invalidate the whole
contract. I'm not sure if I can provide an example, but what
happened with dBase 3 when it was sold to Borland? Some
court declared the object as public domain at some point, and
it is very possible that that could happen with other software
if other software falls in line with what happened with dBase 3.
I just don't know the details about that situation and it probably
does not apply. All I know is Ashton-Tate sold dBase 3 to
Borland but they did something prior to selling it, and when
Borland went to court, the whole concept of dBase 3 was made
public domain, meaning anyone can make a dBase 3 file without
having to pay a royalty? I think that is how it went, but don't
quote me. Perhaps someone else knows the details.
-- Jim Carlock http://www.microcosmotalk.com/ Post replies to the newsgroup. "Robert Redelmeier" wrote: Kleidemos wrote: > Can I use Masm32 to write an OS? I believe Microsoft's licence specifically prohibits that. -- Robert