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Early Software Free?

Fedor Zuev <fedor@earth.crust.irk.ru> writes:
> Initially, back in 50s-60s-70s all software
> was free software. Proprietary software come into being only after
> computer programs was copyrighted. Computer programs was copyrighted
> relatively late, in 1976 year in USA, in 1991 year in Russia and
> maybe even later in some other countries.

tb@becket.net (Thomas Bushnell, BSG) writes:
>                   Computer Programs               Political Writing
> Started                 1950                            600 BC
> Copyright legally clear 1976                        AD 1700

Okay, I have an Algol68 compiler written at Oklahoma State University
in 1971. (This is not a hypothetical - I have this code, and have
considered porting it to a more modern system, say Fortran 77 targetting 
a VAX.) Is it clearly in the public domain? I could ask permission, but
I get the feeling I might end up talking to the Board of Regents who 
would see it as a money making opportunity.

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