Sale of "free" stuff on eBay

From: Richard A. Cini <>
Date: Tue Nov 23 20:26:43 2004

Hello, all:

        I was browsing eBay and I came across this listing in my "S100"

        A few months back, I bought a CD from Dynacomp Software because it
had a bunch of Altair manuals on it that I didn't have. This is, of course,
before I found Bitsavers and Harte Technologies, which has all that I could
want on the documentation side.

        Anyway, when this guy was selling only Volume 1 and 2, he was also
selling the original manuals, so I thought that this guy was OK. As time
went on, he began to sell other compilation CDs but not the manuals, so I
concluded that he began clipping files from all over the Web and selling
them on CDs. A little unsavory, but, well, what can one do?

        Tonight, I looked at Volume 5 and in the CD table of contents (link
above), I see "altair32 Project Altair" and two other related
listings. As you all know, this is my baby and this person never had the
courtesy to ask my permission to distribute my albeit free software.
        Am I crazy here? Should I contact this guy and ask him to remove it?
Should I ask him to place a link to the project page instead? How about
modifying the listing to include a "permission granted" message?
        Any thoughts on this?


Rich Cini
Collector of classic computers
Build Master for the Altair32 Emulation Project
Web site:
Received on Tue Nov 23 2004 - 20:26:43 GMT

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