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41 Module Library: Last chance for common sense
07-14-2016, 01:50 PM (This post was last modified: 07-14-2016 02:03 PM by Accutron.)
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RE: 41 Module Library: Last chance for common sense
(07-14-2016 05:11 AM)Ángel Martin Wrote:  why is this being discussed in a user's forum that prides itself in the free exchange of information?

Does it? This community has a well-established culture of claiming copyrights on scans of official HP documents and shielding them behind a pay wall, and everybody is complicit. When a new person comes on here and asks, "Does anybody have a copy of X manual?", the universal response is "Buy the DVD." For the record, this is an unenforceable copyright, based on a position known as "sweat-of-the-brow", and it has been consistently shot down in multiple legal precedents.

Flatly refusing to duplicate the ROMs in question is pointlessly selfish for such obsolete material, but it's not unethical. Offering to provide images in exchange for money or physical ROMs is deeply unethical, and is no different than pirating movies and selling the duplicates. As the ROMs in question have no commercial value, selling their image is perhaps a victimless crime, but it's still unethical, no matter how you cut it.
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