Linked by M.Onty on Mon 3rd Feb 2014 19:33 UTC
Games

A few days ago I inadvertently caused a bit of a fuss. In writing about GOG's Time Machine sale, I expressed my two minds about the joy of older games being rescued from obscurity, and my desire that they be in the public domain. This led to some really superb discussion about the subject in the comments below, and indeed to a major developer on Twitter to call for me to be fired.

I wanted to expand on my thoughts.

Fascinating article on Rock Paper Shotgun from John Walker on why he thinks software copyright (and possibly other kinds too) should come with a much shorter shelf life. Although ostensibly about videogames, much of it could be said to apply to recent events in mobile OS development too.

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westlake
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2010-01-07

Copyright infringement is not theft.


But it can be a felony, a federal offense in the U.S. with serious consequences, if you are found guilty.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/news/2013/2013_12_19_aedward.html" Northern Michigan Resident Convicted Of Criminal Copyright Infringement And Mail Fraud

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Lazarus Member since:
2005-08-10

But it can be a felony, a federal offense in the U.S. with serious consequences, if you are found guilty.


Your point? Murder is a felony as well, and just as different from _theft_ as copyright infringement.

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