Suspected X Server Copyright Infrigement

Paul Tagliamonte paultag at
Mon Apr 28 05:48:37 PDT 2014

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:58:29AM +0200, Mateusz Jończyk wrote:
> Hello,
> Could You review the code in
> and
> There is a comment that claims that it was based on some XLS spreadsheet. It can be
> found currently at (probably the
> same version).

It looks like a pretty simple formula, is there a part of it which is
subject to copyright law that looks to be problematic?

Have you emailed the author of this xls file? Is he claiming copyright
over a mathmatical function and a few forms in an xls file?

This is creative, sure, but the creative part is the presentation -- the
actual xls script part, not the facts generated, nor the forumla used to
generate it.

I'd email the author to see what he says before going much further.


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