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Re: Early Software Free?

Are modern videogames software? or are more like an interective movie? 

Sometimes is dificult to explain what software is. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "D. Starner" <shalesller@writeme.com>
To: <debian-legal@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2003 8:30 AM
Subject: 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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