Early Software Free?
Fedor Zuev <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
email@example.com (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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