Mike Brodbelt m.brodbelt at
Fri Sep 29 13:31:15 GMT 2000

Jean Francois Micouleau wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2000, Mike Brodbelt wrote:
> > Martin Kuhne wrote:
> > >
> > > This is a myth. See
> > > (including the PAC specs)
> >
> > Ah, I had not realised that the documents had been re-released sans the
> > original "license" claiming them as trade secrets. Thanks for clearing
> > up the misunderstanding.
> No. Check again the last sentence of paragraph I-a of the license.

Yep - "no right to implement". I thought it was too good to be true.
Interestingly, the compression format has been changed so you can't just
open it with WinZip any more.

In that case, the original question remains - given that one used to be
able to open the exe file thas was shipped with WinZip and thus extract
the specs without agreeing to the license, and also the legal contention
that you can't release something like that for download and still expect
to enjoy trade secret protection, are there any plans for an
implementation? I'd assume that anyone who tried would want some legal
protection - I see MS are busy trying to sue people for implementing
NTFS R/W support on Linux at the moment...


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