:?: guys, what's you take on this ?
Company X has source code for controlling a widget. This source code they are licensing @ $10 per device sold. Company A is in a rush to get the product out so they buy the source code & license agreement from company X. the product successfully gets out and is a hit. thousands are sold the first month, and it looks like sales are going to quadruple.
the CEO, being a greedy bastard that he is quickly realizes that in his haste to get the product out he should have spent the extra time and had his software engineers write the code for controlling the widget. now he is paying Company X big bucks that could be in his pocket. So he tells his software engineers to take a look at the source code from Company X and change it enough yet retain it functionality so that they can call the code their own.
Now that you have the story outline my question to all is this:
#1) if you purchase source code with licensing rights can you change it enough to then call it your own, and if so what changes are to be made (i.e. can I just change variable names, or can I change A++ to A = A + 1)
#2) this is a legal no no and should not even be thought of.