Originally posted by Da_Taxman
[B]Perhaps it can be found in the category abandonware, software of which the copyright has expired (abandoned).
This site may be of help in this respect:
Well the situation of abandonware is definitely a subject for discussion. I see the point of the publishers, that it is piracy, like someone stealing your parts truck beacuse its broken down and you’ve left it in a field somewhere. But I can also see the abandonware advocates’ point of view as well. I found an interesting discussion about it on CNET here, especially this quote from the article (page two, “pirates”):
Give the Gamers What They Want
Kenyon and his cohorts believe they are providing a public service. For example, on a site affiliated with Kenyon’s Web ring, a FAQ cites the example of a gamer named John, who, in a moment of nostalgia, decides to reinstall a game he purchased and played years earlier. Unfortunately, although the disks have since become corrupt, the publisher refuses to replace them. Because of situations like this, Kenyon feels he is filling a gap created by publishers when they stop supporting older titles.
This seems to mirror exactly goten722’s case!
Good subjet for a living room discussion about policy, it seems