R: More on manuals plus rescue

Mazzini Alessandro mazzinia at tin.it
Thu Aug 20 14:45:16 CDT 2015

Maybe, but originally the "copies" were , by example, printed cds with
reproduced labels and so on. Weren't those forgeries ?

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Da: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] Per conto di tony duell
Inviato: giovedì 20 agosto 2015 21:12
A: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Oggetto: RE: More on manuals plus rescue

> I suppose they started to use the term due to the "sea of information" 
> that actually is internet, but technically the act of copying a 
> software is closer to making good fake copies of an item ( bags, 
> shoes, etc ), at least this is my personal view That's usually called 
> "forgery"

Not really. Forgery (at least of items) normally has the idea of using
inferior materials or construction and passing it off as an product of
another company.

For example, if you wrote an 8080 BASIC with lots of bugs, with many
functions missing, etc, and then tried to pass it off as the Microsoft BASIC
that would be forgery I think. 

But a copy of the Microsoft product _is_ identical to the genuine article.
It is the same bit patterns. Once loaded into your 8080 system memory it
works the same way. So IMHO it is not really a forgery.


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