Microsoft made a very interesting argument in court in their Java case with Sun today. It seems like one, that if accepted by the court, could really blow up in their face as the biggest seller of software in the world. Their attorney argued that just because the source code to software can be protected by copyright law, that doesn’t mean that the actual compiled code is also protected by copyright. For one thing, that doesn’t make any sense … you can’t create the same object code as someone else without compiling the same source code. If you have the same object code, at some point you violated their copyright. If there is some bizarre scenario where this isn’t the case, does that mean that I can create the same object code as Windows 2000 and distribute it without violating Microsoft’s copyright?