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Re: vice in extras



On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 09:40:34 +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:

> Distributing emulators with copyrighted rom images without permission 
> isn't really gray anymore, but just plain wrong, but what about 
> distributing emulators without any roms.

It's complicated if you cannot include documentation which contains
pointers to the ROMs. Even including the emulator's home page might be a
problem if it contains such pointers. The fact that most emulators are
based on reengineering, is a problem already.

You better support the upstream project itself and provide full-blown
packages there. That would be enough to make the target group happy.

> And what if we could get a written permession from the current copyright 
> holders, I'm willing to try to find who currently owns the copyrights on 
> the cbm roms, if I get a written waiver, could vice since it otherwise 
> has an osi approved license be distributed then?
> 
> ---
> 
> And what if the current copyright holders can't be found? Commodore has 
> been through a lot of hands?

Try it. Find out what they say about it. See my message from yesterday.

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