Vintage Software Copyright

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at
Fri Aug 21 12:44:34 CDT 2015

        We have a new question. What would have been the first piece of 
copyrightable software?


On 21/08/2015 18:31, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 08/21/2015 10:11 AM, Rod Smallwood wrote:
>> Yes OK and "very long"  would be?
> It varies by country.  In the case of the USA, 95 years from 
> publication (for older works)  Other countries employ the author's 
> life+x years (usually 50 or 70)--live to a ripe old age and your 
> copyright can run for a very long time.
> In the USA, the rule of thumb is that you're generally safe with works 
> published before 1923, which, I imagine does not include much computer 
> software.
> --Chuck

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