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Salon has something on the eternal problem of translating the past, in this case, legacy software. The DMCA, Patents and copyright are big issues, as much as the technological hurdles in getting and preserving old code. Of course, the Internet Archive is mentioned as a primary archival site, as well as the Computer History Museum's work.
Points: with a historical record of previous code, checking for prior art in considering a patent app would be much easier; historical needs as well as innovation can be satisfied; and students and researchers will have more access to old code and processes to learn from.Posted by Mary Hodder at July 30, 2003 07:17 PM | TrackBack