On Fri, 10 Apr 2009, Michael Robinson wrote:

> If you own a computer that had MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1
> on it at one point, but your install media are fried, try
> this abandonware site.
>
> http://vetusware.com
>
> I worry about the legality of downloading from this site, but
> technically the software they are allowing people to download
> is unsupported and abandoned.
>
> I think the rule is 20 years old, but some of this stuff isn't
> that old.  Use with care.
>

In the US copyright is life of the author plus 50 years now for stuff 
created after the early 1980's.

If the copyright owner is a corporation it is 75 years or so.

If it is patented it is 17 years. Most software in the US is covered by 
copyright not patent.

There is an aspect of copyright that you have to defend your copyright 
or you may loose it and the material will move into the public domain.


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