[rescue] DYNIX/ptx Version 4.x Media

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Thu Nov 30 11:52:27 CST 2006

>From: Ethan O'Toole <ethan at 757tech.net>
>Date: 2006/11/30 Thu AM 09:59:45 CST
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] DYNIX/ptx Version 4.x Media

>> That's very true.
>> I'm planning on keeping copies of them just in case.
>> Getting hold of old software can be a nightmare.
>> The thing is it that it's probably legally questionable, even though you
>> wouldn't be able to buy the stuff anymore.
>> What do other people think?
>> Chris
>Yea, it would be legally questionable. I think the best way to approach it
>would be throw a terabyte or 3 online, and store the images.. and make
>sure that it is written all over that it's for the purpose of maintaining
>classic computers at a hobbyist level.

I doubt that would make any difference, as the software most likely has copyright limitations that would either directly or indirectly prohibit activities...

>People will most likely only cry if money is being lost.

That just makes them cry louder. DYNIX is someone's intellectual property, and may contain software sourced/licensed from third-parties - even if the owners of DYNIX didn't care, they may (I repeat MAY, IANAL) be required to protect the rights of the software they licensed from those third-parties.

Having said all that, I'd suggest putting a terabyte or two on line, securing libraries of software behind a password-protected ftp server, and give out temporary user credentials to download individual files/libraries. Dumping everything in a public web site invites legal action from any one of the owners software... IMHO.


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