Re: Videophone software fraud?

Roger Alan Tetzlaf (tetzlaff.3@osu.edu)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 15:51:57 -0600


Joseph:

>VideoPhone was a development effort which was kicked off several months
>ago with cooperation from Cornell. At that time, questions about license
>agreements where discuss and modifications to the program were started.
>
>Since that time, discussions with the Master Licensee of CU-SeeMe have
>begun and a license agreement should be completed within the next 30 - 60
>days.

OK, thank you for clarifying your cooperation with Cornell on the
development with VideoPhone.

I would very much like to point out, however, something that I'm sure other
people have mentioned to you.

I read your readme file after I had been using CUSeeMe for several weeks,
and being a member of this list, I know how much work the programmers at
Cornell and elsewhere had worked to get CUSeeMe where it is, codewise. And
while your interface had changed and seemed more appealing in VideoPhone,
the fact remains, you didn't give sufficient credit to Cornell and mention
CUSeeMe.

While I have little doubt that you spent a considerable amount of time
working on this project, the only mention of CUSeeMe was that VideoPhone
supports the CUSeeMe reflectors. I'm sorry, I may only be a college
student, but I've been programming for eleven years and I know a bit about
ethics. I know that if someone writes a tremendous amount of code, and
someone else comes along and polishes that code up a little and slaps his
name on it without properly acknowledging the originator, it's plagiarism.
Plain and simple. How would you feel if the roles were reversed, and
someone didn't mention your name after you supplied the major segments of
code for a big project?

It is my belief that you owe Cornell and CUSeeMe MUCH more accreditation in
your application. Credit where credit is due, please.

-Roger
- * * * Roger Alan Tetzlaff - tetzlaff.3@osu.edu / fg195@po.cwru.edu * * * -
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