Windows 2000 source code has been leaked

Viktor Nilsson meffe at
Fri Feb 13 20:02:40 CST 2004

On 2004-02-13, at 18.02, Shachar Shemesh wrote:

> juergen.schmied at wrote:

> Use common sense.
> The intelectual property law governing this case is the trade secret 
> law. It says that the information is illegal to use if the recipient 
> knows, or should have known, that it originated with illegally 
> distributed trade secret.

Well, if you read through the code, to understand it, but you not even 
try to imitate or copy it. Just write brand new code, that does the 
same thing but in a slightly other way?

> If someone answers a question on this list, you use common sense to 
> figure out. If the answer is something along the lines of "MS uses a 
> variable named hSoAndSo to pass the handle from InternalGetSoAndSo to 
> UndocumentedSomethingOrOther", you use your common sense and ask where 
> that info comes from before you put it in. If the information seems 
> like something someone reasonably versed in the internals of Windows 
> would know without breaking confidentiality contracts, go ahead and 
> use it.
> The way I understand it, if everyone on this list avoid doing things 
> we all know are not proper, Wine will be ok.
>                      Shachar

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