Hi,
Whether or not the games are abandoned is not related to their
copyright status. When code is abandoned, it does not at all mean that
it is no longer copyrighted. For example, Windows 98, though now
abandoned, is still copyrighted by Microsoft, and they have the right
to decide how the code may be distributed.

On 4/26/11, Hayden Presley <hdpres...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Damien,
> I'm just curious. These games are abandoned, like several others. Yet there
> is no "copyright" on those. So why do we have to have a copyright on these?
>
> Best Regards,
> Hayden
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gamers-boun...@audyssey.org [mailto:gamers-boun...@audyssey.org] On
> Behalf Of Damien Pendleton
> Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 4:30 AM
> To: Gamers Discussion list
> Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Old Titles Removed
>
> Hi Alex,
> Precisely. I feel that these games are way below my current standard now,
> especially as regards bugs. So it's simple. I either recreate Danger City on
>
> popular demand and completely revamp it and commercialise it under a new
> name, but keep some of the concepts the same, or I transfer the rights to
> somebody else.
> Regards,
> Damien.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Alex Kenny" <alexkenn...@gmail.com>
> To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
> Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2011 7:50 PM
> Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Old Titles Removed
>
>
>> I'm not a developer, but I think there is a reason why a developer
>> would choose not to allow older programs to be redistributed.
>>
>> As Damien has previously mentioned, these older titles were written in
>> a deprecated language by amateur developers. The code is difficult to
>> read, update, compile and run. I believe there is probably a
>> reputation issue. Developers don't want buggy and useless code
>> floating around the net that they wrote. True, Damien didn't write
>> these games, but by purchasing them, the code is now his
>> responsibility.
>>
>> Another reason I've heard for developers refusing to redistribute
>> abandonware is that, even if they don't support it, people will still
>> contact them expecting help. If Damien did allow the games to be
>> distributed, I have no doubt that someone would download a copy
>> somewhere, encounter a problem, and send Damien an email saying, "Game
>> X won't run! Help!" Even if he emphasizes in the game documentation
>> that the games are abandonware, we've all seen first-hand that many
>> people in the blind community do not bother reading documentation or
>> other information that's right in front of them.
>>
>>
>> On 4/16/11, The Addictor <kenwdow...@neo.rr.com> wrote:
>>> Hey Tom,
>>> While I agree a hundred per cent, I still don't see why he's asking that
>>> no
>>> one else distribute the games.  I have them all, as well as other games
>>> like
>>> Shell Shock.  They are certainly not all that great, but to demand that
>>> nobody else distribute them seems a bit odd.  I know they're his games,
>>> that
>>> he purchased them, but I don't see a reason for that.
>>> Ken Downey
>>> The Addictor
>>> www.TheAddictor.com
>>
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