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Question: how do you feel about orphaned or abandonwares? would there be any old code or particular old softwares you would love to reavive or continue if having any chance to? +what is the actual laws on that? ty.
Asked by imetayeti (2.26.240.x) on September 8 2019, 9:04am
Reply on September 8 2019, 10:45pm (edited at September 9 2019, 1:22pm):
    Re: actual laws, I am not a lawyer.

    The US constitution has a relevant clause (quoted from
    [the United States Congress shall have power] To promote the Progress of
    Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and
    Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
    This is interesting because it establishes that the purpose of copyright is to "promote the progress of science and useful arts." Having said that, in my opinion, with respect to the spirit of the law, abandonware, ophaned software, and very obsolete software, where the exercise of the copyright is not providing any benefit to anybody, should be completely allowed, as it maximizes the benefit to society... Which seems to be the case in practice, normally (look at archive.org and their emulated software libraries, which are fantastic).

  • Posted by imetayeti (2.26.240.x) on September 9 2019, 1:12am:
    mmm.yes,benefits to all are just that. red tape has it's uses,but like so called political correctness-it can certainly stiffle/holt,or totally cease any development flows...i guess each nation having unique law structures,only amplifies the confusing mangled mess of crossed wires...tsk> was their ever any favourite programme you wished to have taken full development control of to expand any potentials?... either commercially,or non profit(personal pleasures) ?? thanx!

  • Posted by imetayeti (2.26.240.x) on September 9 2019, 1:30am:
    *wiki* Furthermore, the clause only permits protection of the writings of authors and the discoveries of inventors. Hence, writings may only be protected to the extent that they are original,[4] and "inventions" must be truly inventive and not merely obvious improvements on existing knowledge.[5] The term "writings of authors" appears to exclude non-human authorship such as painting by chimpanzees and computer code written by programmed computers,[6] but the issue has not been tested in litigation."test it?

  • Posted by imetayeti (2.26.240.x) on September 9 2019, 1:34am:
    +legalese is incredibly ambiguous!! some things are to be fully tried+tested..or not ;) there's at least 2 old softwares i believe to increase reaper abilities 20fold..cheerz justin!

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