That is probably incorrect. Patents are good for about 15 years, but 
copyright is for 60 to 80 years.

Alain

solarflow99 escreveu:
> you know when it comes to licenses and patents, the SPA told me years 
> ago, they can only copyright software for 14 years, after that you can 
> leagally pir8 it:)  I wonder if this still holds true, but like you 
> say... its abandonware so who cares.
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Michael Reichenbach 
> <michael_reichenb...@freenet.de <mailto:michael_reichenb...@freenet.de>> 
> wrote:
> 
>     Eric Auer schrieb:
>      > Hi Michael,
>      >
>      >>> I do not think we should use code reversed from MS DOS sorry.
>      >> I think that too but it's no problem to reverse engineer the
>      >> specification as long you write your own implementation from
>     scratch.
>      >>
>      >> Also the linux guys reverse engineered for example the Windows
>      >> networking protocol and implemented it their self (samba).
>      >
>      > They checked the protocol (transferred data) not the binary.
>      > It is kind of more noble to just sniff network contents and
>      > keep the software as it is, a black box with closed source.
>      >
>      > As DOS is no server, I think it is okay to look for example
>      > at data structures and how they change over time. This does
>      > leave the binary / machine code in nice black box land :-).
>      >
>      >> You could even look into their sources for interoperability reasons
>      >
>      > No because then I would have to "steal them" by downloading
>      > them from a dark source.
> 
>     You can download them tell the police/microsoft, make a self-accusation
>     and see if you get sued, I highly doubt it.
> 
>     Anyway,
>     - the one who uploaded the ms source code violated law and his
>     employment contract
>     - the one who provides a download for the ms source code (distribution)
>     is not allowed to distribute it
>     - the one who downloads it... What is his concrete criminal act?
> 
>     It's like writing a book, someone steals it and puts it into public,
>     people grab it and read it. A stupid idea to sue them, for what by
>     the way?
> 
>     Even the leaked Windows source codes got revived and the developer
>     didn't get sued either. There are also parts of windows disassembled and
>     documented (such as the MBR) and no one ever got near to sued.
> 
>     If you scare that already you should not go outside anytime, my risk
>     analysis says that your chances to die thought a flood are higher.
> 
>     You can also simple download it and not telling it anyone (if you
>     haven't done that already out of curiosity), it will be a remaining
>     secret until the end of universe.
> 
>     -mr
> 
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