New blog post: the limits of "software is speech".
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- The view that software is speech doesn't only have impacts on DMCA if applied consistently, but also on software patents.Nov 30, 2012
- , software doesn't have to succeed, or even be meaningful, either.Nov 30, 2012
- Don Knuth talks about this in the "Art of Computer Programming". Programming is an art in the sense that it is produces by artisans, just like shoes, or watches, or drinking glasses. Programs can be beautiful, but we produce them to perform useful tasks.Nov 30, 2012
- Some programs are just beautiful, like glass sculptures or clockwork toys.Nov 30, 2012
- Nov 30, 2012
- , like overloaded operators and functions, in say C++? The "context" for proper machine (or compiler) interpretation could be number of function arguments for example.
I like that example of foil taking on the meaning of a verb or two distinct nouns.
Not all speech or software is legal...slander, libel, fraud, DMCA.Nov 30, 2012