Sale of "free" stuff on eBay

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Tue Nov 23 23:47:40 2004

On Tue, 23 Nov 2004, Richard A. Cini wrote:

> 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?

Well, it depends on how you distribute the altair32 project. Is it
freeware? Open source? As I've said before with the fellow who is
selling copies of Al's archive, it's a bit shameful but there's not much
that can be done for various reasons.

However, if your altair32 project is copyrighted by you then he is
certainly violating your rights. If it's GPL'd then probably not.

You might send him a note objecting to his doing this, but unless he's
actually violating your copyrights, there's not much to be done.

Shameful, yes. Actionable, most likely not.

Sellam Ismail                                        Vintage Computer Festival
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