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US Copyright law modified for "abandonware"??

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:32 pm    Post subject: US Copyright law modified for "abandonware"?? Reply with quote

For what it is worth, I saw a link to this, and thought I would pass it along.
Some changes to the circumvention clause to allow cracking of codes and dongles for "abandoned" software. The NeXT Archive is an "archive", so it might be ok to post some license codes to that old NS/OS programs.

http://www.copyright.gov/1201/

I am not a lawyer, and I probably do not know what I am talking about concerning this, but that has never stopped me before ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooo.. intriguing Smile be nice if that is the case. I always thought it was stupid to not be able to do that in the first place.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and that require the original media or hardware as a condition of access, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of preservation or archival reproduction of published digital works by a library or archive. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.


I would think that applications distributed on Floppy or Optical Disc would be covered.

Doesn't say much about user communities or individual end-users, though.
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