[Mono-docs-list] Re: [Mono-dev] Current state of documentation?

Joshua Tauberer tauberer at for.net
Mon Feb 27 18:29:54 EST 2006

(I'm taking my reply to mono-docs-list.)

Brian Crowell wrote:
>> Unless the ECMA docs have been released under an open-source-ish
>> license, they're copyrighted and can't be 'imported' without permission
>> from the copyright holder.  I don't know if they're licensed at all.
> There's a fundamental problem here: Any documentation you could write
> for the base classes must necessarily be a derivative work of the
> original ECMA documentation.

That position rests on a number of legal issues that aren't well
resolved.  Are method signatures derivative works?  Are the entire class
libraries (the Mono source code) derivative works?  I don't think these
questions have been resolved in U.S. courts.

- Joshua Tauberer


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