Vintage Software Copyright

Johnny Billquist bqt at
Fri Aug 21 11:01:42 CDT 2015

On 2015-08-21 17:52, ethan at wrote:
>> There is also - to me! - a difference between something like ripping
>> off a manual and redistributing it with the "justification" of "they
>> did it first" or "they did worse", on the one hand, or keeping a
>> private archive of such things, to make sure the information is not
>> actually lost for the future, on the other.
> Why private? More risk of loss if it isn't distributed.

It's a balance between data being lost, and violating copyrights. I am 
sortof aligned with der Mouse here. If I have something that is 
copyrighted, I do not want to contribute to spreading it without 
permissions. But I also do not want it to be lost. Many times it is 
things which I do have legally myself, so I don't even feel bad about 
it. If, at some point, the copyright holder decides that it's ok to 
redistribute, then I can help people who are looking for it.


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