On 2022/08/24 9:29 a.m., Alan wrote:
> On Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 9:14:24 AM UTC-4, dvhau...@gmail.com
>> On Wednesday, 24 August 2022 at 14:51:07 UTC+2, lwin...@gmail.com
>>> On Monday, August 22, 2022 at 9:58:08 AM UTC-7, John Robertson wrote:
>>>> On 2022/08/22 2:42 a.m., David Haughton wrote:
>>>>> If someone has them , could you please email them to me or send me a link.
>>>> Hi David,
>>>> Gottlieb ROMs are protected by copyright laws and as such are not
>>>> available for download.
>>>> We are the sole licenced reproducer of the EPROMs and you can order them
>>>> Sorry, but that is the way things are if you want to do it legally.
>>>> John :-#)#
>>> I've ordered eroms from john in the past for my packman and its way easier (and cheaper) for him to burn them that trying to do it yourself.
>> I am very surprised with your response. To me I don't think I am breaking any copyright rules as I own the machine which is obviously licenced to use the firmware in 1987 when it was made. The copyright is long expired.
>> I'm interested to know what others think.
> It's just common sense that if Gottlieb's copyrights had expired long go, all the major parts suppliers, Planetary, Marco, etc., would be selling Gottlieb firmware and thousands of different Gottlieb parts. But they're not, and that's because they will get sued. Gottlieb/Mondail protects it's copyrights like a mother grizzly bear protects her cubs. I'm not a lawyer, but it's just common sense.
I believe the OP is thinking of PATENTs - which expire after around 17
If one isn't happy with copyright laws nag your state senator to change
them. Disney, Sony, and many others would be fascinated I'm sure...they
have quite the lobby.
I can't explain how corporations have gained protections that humans
don't have - after all corporations are considered 'people' in the legal