All source code of abandoned software should be open sourced. Manufacturers should be forced to do so on the end of service date.
@sophie most "contributions" of this nature are instant abandonware, given that software isn't really the bits. software is people. but it does give software freedom a boost to have the example, and librarians and historians an original source. another problem is that copyright is transferable, and someone ends up with the IP when assets are liquidated, even for pennies, but if you replace the word "forced" with "incentivized" I think you've got something.
@sophie makes you think about how copyright can be dodgy, doesn't it?
If some abandonware was a book, a song, etc, it would eventually *have* to become public (even if it took some 70 years) due to the nature of copyright law. But legislators don't understand that programs come in source and object form, and whereas that would make it possible to share the binaries freely, nobody's talking about the paramount importance of the source code here.
@sophie There's an "Orphan Works" law in Canada that might cover this, but I don't think it's been seriously tested.
@sophie I disagree. I would however encourage software companies to release old (and new!) source code wherever practical.
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