Continuing the discussion from Private equity looters startled to be called out by name in Taylor Swift award-acceptance speech:
I am of the opinion that code* is a language. One that might be lacking in tenses, but it does have nouns, verbs, and so on. With effort, people could communicate with it, much like using Latin or Esperanto.
To say that code is not art, or that it cannot be subjected to copyright is a fallacy. Code underlies the same rules as anything created in any other language. It can be quoted, published, plagiarised, and so on. This is why licensing is so important.
Since we have such strong opinions about this, let’s air them here and stop hijacking the Taylor Swift thread.
*Code meaning any language we have created to deliver instructions to machines.