offlist - RE: is it possible to rebuild old c64 hardware enhancements?
chrism3667 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 5 20:21:09 CST 2009
ok, I'm interested. Incidentally what does the code do LOL.
--- On Thu, 3/5/09, Dan Gahlinger <dgahling at hotmail.com> wrote:
From: Dan Gahlinger <dgahling at hotmail.com>
Subject: RE: is it possible to rebuild old c64 hardware enhancements?
To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 8:19 PM
you're wrong. there is true abandonware.
if a company dies and no one picks up the parts, the copyrights (owned by the company) lapse.
and when you work for a company, any code you write is typically owned by the company (you lose all rights to it).
you could say theres a provision of 25 years, but when the entity ceases to exist, and no holders remain, this is not the case.
unless the author had special provisions in their contract or worked something out before the company died, or someone picked it up,
it's free game.
maybe it doesn't happen a lot, but there were literally HUNDREDS of companies that disappeared without a trace, registered only to a PO box,
and not to a person.
I will gladly "make available" code by a c64 software company called "MMI" (Magnetic Manipulations Inc.) if anyone wants it... go ahead, sue me...
> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 16:48:21 -0800
> From: cisin at xenosoft.com
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> Subject: Re: is it possible to rebuild old c64 hardware enhancements?
> On Thu, 5 Mar 2009, Dan Gahlinger wrote:
> > I doubt anyone owns the copyrights now,
> Unless you killed them,
> AND waited out the statute of limitations plus a bunch more time,
> it doesn't work that way.
> We've told you before.
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