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Re: The ethics of software emulations?

Jeffrey Larson wrote:
> Now let's bring this into the looping world.  Loopers implement
> concepts like "multiply" or "start overdub when I push a button and
> stop when I release".  What is the invention here?  People sit down in
> front loopers every day and think "if only I could repeat this four
> times" or "if only I could mute the backing loop and have it start
> automatically on the next bar".  They aren't inventing anything, they
> are defining concepts.  There are millions of ways to implement those
> concepts, should someone be allowed to claim ownership of all of them?

...and no-one is.

the EDP Multiply is rather different to any other implementation,
as described in the EDP manual

Mobius also implements an interesting and very useful multiply,
read about it in ....  uh .... the EDP manual ;-)
(actually, from what I remember it's not *exactly* the same)

Mobius is an excellent piece of software in it's own right , and at the 
when it started out as an EDP emulator Aurisis had
absolutely no intention of making a software version of the edp,
so I don't think anybody is seeing Jeff, or any other looping software 
as a "rip-off".

Jeff has also innovated quite a few concepts for looping software,
and Mobius is a fantastic resource, he deserves credit as an innovator.

> I admire the EDP team's ability to select and implement a large and
> powerful set of looping concepts, and their tenacity in bringing it to
> the market as hardware.  That was a monumental task and maybe they
> deserved more than they received.  But I simply do not believe you can
> claim ownership of mere concepts.

afaik no-one's claiming ownership of concepts.
( ..or even of manuals ;-)

Would be nice if it was made clear that nobody ever actually
managed to fully emulate the EDP, it also has the uniqueness
that all of us value and it might be useful to acknowledge that.

andy butler