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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.

@travisfw @sophie We may need a not-profit organization with the sole purpose of buying such ip using donations and then releasing the sourcecode. If noone else is buying, why shouldn't they sell it to such an organization?

@sankakujin @sophie 🤔 the Library of Congress might do it, or a number of other digital archiving institutions such as the Internet Archive, if there were a grant made.

@travisfw @sophie just lol if you dont think there are special interest groups willing to base off old software.

Look at the people putting in 100+ hours to subvert copyright of old games and patch them to keep them working

@alexandria @sophie true, even if most software is abandoned, very many have dedicated communities.

@sophie @sebsauvage Community often asks for this but the answer is almost always "sorry we cannot open source [this project] because we use some parts in [other project]" 😟

@Yurienu @sophie @sebsauvage Our company releases ~50% of all code we write as open source right away.

For the rest it's sometimes business reasons, but often it's also because we're implementing APIs or using SDKs under NDA 😢

@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 addendum: software more than say ~25 years old should be public domain

@sophie I disagree. I would however encourage software companies to release old (and new!) source code wherever practical.

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