Literary pieces that are copyright last an awfully long time. We are not going to place random copyright notices on everything we do, and in most cases if we copyright our code, it is to determine how we distribute it for general use. We are not going to seek royalties. We just want to be able to reuse our own code and not to be excluded from it, as changing careers this far down the road is unreasonable. Opening the skull and fusing a few links is impractical, but if your conscience is troubling you, contact us with an offering of some reasonable red wine and a post card of somewhere close to you, and we may grant you one wish.
We also do not want you to copyright our work even if you use it in a derived work. Give us credit and say what we did and what you did, unlike the Linux kernel where anyone comes in later and promptly puts in a copyright statement without saying what their contribution was. This is also one of the main reasons we use referenced work and prior patents where possible. We carefully refer to expired patents.
As of May 2012, Oracle and Google were involved in a court case to decide whether an API could be reproduced. The June rulings were against Oracle, which we support, but will wait until their lawyers accept defeat and crawl under some heavy rock before we venture back into the “software wilds”. Thankfully Google has enough money to fight this sort of nonsense.
We have been around for long enough to have seen the prior Java efforts to make it available on everything from a toaster to a mainframe. Once some corporate lawyers or accountants get a wiff of money, they go into a shark feeding frenzy and bite the hands that previously fed them.
We will base our work on readily available languages (pretty much vanilla C), or open standards. If it becomes too difficult to defend software patents or if customers want to be protected against unreasonable copyright- or patent trolls, then we will copyright our code and only make it available to customers. The original intention was to post it for all to use (and hopefully drive our hardware sales or prototyping business), but we will watch several ongoing court battles before making code available for downloads.
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