Larry Niven's Altair
cclist at sydex.com
Thu Aug 20 13:00:17 CDT 2015
On 08/20/2015 10:48 AM, Fred Cisin wrote:
> So, the only hope for something published in the last half century to
> be public domain now would be if it were explicitly placed in public
> domain, or were originally published without notice before 1978.
It used to be (and maybe still is) acceptable to submit a representative
partial specimen of a work to claim copyright. For example, the solo
violin part to the film score of "Schindler's List" might well qualify.
But yeah, I'd hate to run up against BillG in a spat over appropriating
his Altair BASIC. He could squash me like a bug with his legal
resources. I recall that other outfits stealing his code was one of his
big public gripes back in the pre-PC days.
Better to ask first, no? I keep playing that old song, but "used with
perimission" is a small price to pay, isn't it?
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