[linux-elitists] Testify at NTIA hearings about DMCA!
Mon Nov 27 16:09:58 PST 2000
> on Sun, Nov 26, 2000 at 04:56:39PM -0800, Mr . Bad (email@example.com) wrot=
> > >>>>> "k" =3D=3D kmself <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > k> A ''computer program'' is a set of statements or
> > k> instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in
> > k> order to bring about a certain result.
> > k> DVD-as-data would tend not to map to such instructions. Ergo:
> > k> it's data.
> > I'd say not true. The term "directly or indirectly" obviously is a nod
> > to interpreted languages. They are not "directly" run by the CPU, but
> > that does not make them any less "programs."=20
> The instructions in an interpreted program are eventually translated to
> commands run by the processor. There will be a correspondence, however
> indirect. Data, however, resides only in memory, it isn't acted on
So anything written in lisp is nothing but data?
> Again, this distinction can be a fine one, but I think there is in
> general a pretty clear line between what is acting and what is being
> acted on.
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