Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering
Phoronix: Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering
While Skype has now expanded their Linux API support to allow other applications to take advantage of Skype video calls and other features, a few months ago the Skype protocol began to be reverse-engineered by an independent researcher. Skype took action several times against this work...
I don't see a point in that 'high priority project', I can do audio and video calls over XMPP using empathy (it has no-configuration NAT traversal, ICE I think) in less time than it takes to think of skype.
This person hasn't just reverse-engineerd, this person has deobfuscated code from Skype itself. IMO it is justified that Skype takes action against this.
no, it didn't.
Originally Posted by AlbertP
last time i checked federal laws were superseding licenses and EULAs, at least in my country. and, in my country, these laws say that you can reverse-engineer the shit out of it any way you want if you doing it for personal benefit or for bettering interoperability with your own shit which you don't profit directly from.
i guess even with USA it is the same since those assholes gone for "fighting malicious application" excuse.
these "interoperability problems" called 'breaking the protocol". thank Google for taking it and going all Embrace, Extend and Extinguish on its ass.
Originally Posted by 89c51
Indeed, it is allowed to reverse-engineer. But it is not allowed to disassemble or deobfuscate code that is copyrighted by Skype.
In EU it's legal:
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
i have no idea where it started or why -or other technicalities behind it- but the problem must be fixed ASAP
Originally Posted by dfx.
As it is in Canada as well.
Originally Posted by curaga
As it is in the free world in general.