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Re: Bug#84395: ITP: z81 - Sinclair ZX8[01] emulator

On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 07:26:53PM +1100, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 08:53:20AM +0100, Radovan Garabik wrote:
> > see my previous posting:
> > http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0012/msg01222.html
> > (at the bottom)
> > ROM images are free to use, distribute, modify... etc., and there is no
> > copyright because at the time they were written, they were considered
> > just a part of hardware - call it firmware.
> I don't agree with your conclusion. The designer didn't make the
> design (schematics etc) free, why should we consider the firmware
> to be the exception?

because the copyright owner (amstrad) has explicitly said so. Ok, that
is valid for spectrum ROM, Cliff Lawson (from Amstrad) said:  

"I think Amstrad only bought the rights to Spectrum 48/128 from Sinclair
and then produced the + machines ourselves. I do not believe the (c)
for ZXs or IF1/2 has anything to do with Amstrad."

and he said that everything from Sinclair Amstrad had copyright to
can be redistributed. 
so the question remains, if the ZX81 ROM belongs to Amstrad or not.

well, I recall reading a (computer magazine) article from the time 
Amstrad bought Sinclair, and it suggested that Amstrad took over
all the copyrights... unfotunately it was too long ago and for sure
I do not have that magazine.

I did a quick web search, and everywhere the authors of ZX81 emulators
say that ROMs are copyrighted by Amstrad, which allows them to
redistribute freely.

Someone should probably ask Amstrad, if it really does not have rights
to the ROM, then the copyright stayed with Sinclair Computers, Ltd., 
an enterprise which broke down and does not exist anymore.
Where does the copyright go in such cases? Any (UK) layers?

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