[Coco] Re: Help simplify copyright law for scholars, artists.
bathory at maltedmedia.com
Thu Mar 3 11:05:11 EST 2005
At 11:04 PM 3/2/05 -0500, John E. Malmberg wrote:
>I like the idea, however most of the cases that I can see affecting COCO
>and computer hobbyist is where the copyright holder decides to just
>ignore requests, or worse just arbitrarily deny them. While they also
>seem to ignore non-commercial violations of the copyrights for obsolete
>software, it does not weaken the copyright on it.
All true. But since this is a comment period, it may be worthwhile if
experiences are reported. There are reports on this list of orphan software
(particularly where current copyright ownership can't be ascertained).
>It looks like for computer hobbyists it is a case of either finding the
>original media, or reverse engineering a replacement such as was done
>with the NITROS project.
Reverse engineering remains a grey area, notably if any copy protection was
every included. Again, if you have experiences, it's worth offering them.
I made my own comments. I set a poem to music in 1972 with the permission
of the copyright owner, a personal friend. I want to publish it, but
without a release, I can't. And I have spent five years trying to find the
author (even if she is alive or dead, much less where she lives) without
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