I know the argument, but...
by John.Wilkinson - 4/25/08 4:53 PM
In Reply to: copywrong by Flatcat47
The copyright is not automatically voided for "abondonware." The laws vary depend on the country and whether the programmer was an individual or a corporation, but for the most part the copyright doesn't expire until at least fifty years after the programmer's death. Thus, even though the program cannot be purchased from the programmer any longer and 'sharing' copies of the software does not cause any harm to any party it's still not permitted. The purchase of a used copy of the software, however, is permitted, provided it's a complete transfer of the license and all copies. It may not seem 'right,' but that's what's on the books.
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