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LimpingFish

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Re: Abandonware
« Reply #60 on: 01 Apr 2007, 19:43 »
I agree that it's mostly laziness on the part of the copyright owners, and when they do step in it's usually because they wish to "protect" an existing IP. After all, it's in retaining the IP rights that any future monies can be derived.

LucasArts would rather keep the Monkey Island IP inactive, rather than risking it's integrity by "officially" announcing a free-for-all on MI 1 and 2.

True abandonware, if such a thing can exist, would probably be a game made by a developer that's no longer active and/or published by a company no longer trading, with an IP copyright that's no longer actively enforced.

But even meeting these criteria, somebody would still own the copyright regardless. It may have reverted to the person who originally designed the game, or to the original shareholders of the dead developer/publisher.

Only those games which have publicly been made "freeware" by their current copyright holders can be considered "true" abandonware.

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Re: Abandonware
« Reply #61 on: 07 Apr 2007, 15:55 »
I have a link where all of you can find abandonware dos games
http://www.dosgamezone.com/

and you may need a DOSBox here's a link for it
http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/download.php?main=1 ;)
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Re: Abandonware
« Reply #62 on: 25 Oct 2009, 21:23 »
Im glad that the developers of Steel Sky made the program freeware instead of abandonware since it makes finding and playing it so much easier.

I still think it is a good enough game to continue to sell it!
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