i used to be a paralegal, and my specialty was not Intellectual Property,
but i will offer that the contract that purchased the proprietary rights of
defunct companies may not be as extensive or conclusive as you think it is
-- the only thing you have to fear is fear itself.

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM, Jim Hall <jh...@freedos.org> wrote:
> At least in the US, this is still an issue for proprietary programs where
> the parent company may have gone out of business. (Also referred to as
> "abandonware".) The copyrights are often bought out as "intellectual
> property" and the new IP holder would have control of that copyright.
> There is nothing wrong with these proprietary program if that is what you
> prefer. And back in the day, I had my own licensed copies of Wordperfect,
> Aseasyas, Doom, Procomm, QuickC, Borland C, and other proprietary DOS
> programs. But these programs are non-free and may not be redistributed
> (except Doom & Aseasyas, which may be redistributed in their original,
> unmodified shareware zip files.)
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