Interview wtth inventor of hypercard Bill Atkinson

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Fri Oct 20 15:39:23 EDT 2017


On 10/20/17 12:36 PM, Richmond Mathewson via use-livecode wrote:
> For every single Shakespeare play barring "The Merry Wives of Windsor" 
> there is a play that Shakespeare "ripped-off".
> 
> So, does that make him a plagiarist and a prize plonker?

Plagiarism is a direct copy, or one similar enough to seem like a copy. 
You can't copyright ideas, they are free for anyone to use as long as 
the actual implementation is different. That's why it isn't stealing to 
reproduce the idea of hypelinked text and content. It's only stealing if 
you swipe the code and assets.

There were no such distinctions back in Sharespeare's day but there is 
now, and HyperCard falls under that jurisdiction.

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Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com




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