#1 By: Rob Beschizza, December 31st, 2013 11:46
#2 By: Jason Andresen, December 31st, 2013 12:07
Somehow I don't think they're going to be able to keep that MAME ROM set up there for too long. There must be attack lawyers from a dozen different companies filling out C&D forms as we speak.
#3 By: Darren Meyer, December 31st, 2013 12:32
I love how everyone seems to think they know more about whether this material is "legal" under copyright than the lawyers advising Archive.org, and their liaisons at places like the Library of Congress ^_^
It won't surprise me to read about legal threats being made by incompetent Copyright trolls, but I'll be stunned if Archive.org hasn't done their homework to ensure that hosting something like this falls firmly within their rights.
#4 By: Tom Tjarks, December 31st, 2013 12:34
I'm still wondering if they really understand what is in that ROM archive.
#5 By: Jason Andresen, December 31st, 2013 12:38
The problem is that even if you know the law, these lawyers will go over your head and threaten your ISP, your landlord, and anybody else they think they can scare. The rules for infringement lawsuits make it hard to punish people for sending frivolous complaints, and the burden of evidence is high on the accused.
Abandonware is not a legal term, and copyrights don't lapse simply because nobody has paid attention to a property for 20, 30, 40, 50, or even 60 years. All it takes is one asshole to come out of the woodwork and go "My great grandfather made that, and I inherited the rights, I'm going to sue you for a Trillion dollars! And suddenly your ISP wants nothing to do with you anymore."
#6 By: MichaelPaulukonis, December 31st, 2013 13:57
Have you read the material at the original link? Particularly the "while your zeal for legality is laudable, the Internet Archive petitioned the Copyright Office of the US and in October 2003 received a set of clarifications and exemptions specifically for abandoned software (sometimes called "abandonware"). This applies to the United States jurisdiction, and may not apply to you all.
Details on the ruling and exemptions can be found here: http://archive.org/about/dmca.php and http://www.copyright.gov/1201/docs/librarian_statement_01.html" bit?
#7 By: Mindy Clegg, December 31st, 2013 14:00
Hey Rob, Broken link there? All I get is the BB Nope page...
#8 By: Falcor the Don't Push Your Luckdragon, December 31st, 2013 14:37
#9 By: Rob Beschizza, January 5th, 2014 11:47
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