On Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 06:50:08PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote: > spectrum-roms can basically never be free software - even if the > copyright holders wanted it to be, they've lost the source code. Of course it can be. The copyright holders can put it into the public domain, for instance, through a simple decree clearly identifying the work. Are you sure you're not thinking of GPL-compatibility issues? The lack of available source code (the "preferred form for modification") does potentially pose problems for abandonware where the source code is unavailable, but that's not a freedom issue when that lack is not the result of deliberate action or withholding. Anyway, not being GPL-compatible in the license department doesn't mean a thing isn't licensed DFSG-freely. Feel free to raise the issue of ZX Spectrum ROMs on debian-legal. I'm sure we can split hairs over there and/or ask the FSF about "preferred forms for modification" where even the copyright holder no longer has the original perferred form for modification around anymore. (Problems like this are why I favor a "use it or lose it" approach to copyright terms. Keep your work on the open market, or it becomes part of the public domain.)  or otherwise relicense it, say under the MIT/X11 license -- G. Branden Robinson | "Why do we have to hide from the Debian GNU/Linux | police, Daddy?" email@example.com | "Because we use vi, son. They use http://people.debian.org/~branden/ | emacs."
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