Re: Switching to Linux and C

From: David Holz <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:07:51 -0700
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On 08/26/2017 09:17 AM, Jim Brain wrote:
> On 8/26/2017 10:47 AM, wrote:
>> that sounds fishy by itself - either copyright is transferred to you,
>> or you
>> licensed the IP in question and pay royalties for it. AFAIK there is
>> no legal
>> scenario in which you both register the IP on yourself AND pay
>> royalties for
>> it to a third party. it doesnt make a lot of sense either (only the
>> owner of
>> the IP can register it, and the owner does not pay royalties to
>> himself).
> Maybe it's just a lack of understanding of copyrights.  Not everyone
> understand the intricacies.  Maybe it is safer to say he purchased
> rights to those copyrights, and he needs to pay a royalty on any
> sales, as part of the rights purchase contract. But, like you, I know
> of no scenarios where one can purchase a copyright and then still have
> to pay a royalty.  But, like on JiffyDOS, I licensed the IP, and my
> contract asks for a royalty payment.
> Jim

Yeah, all I'm doing is relaying what he was saying.  He's certainly
trying to figure out all the legalities as things progress.  His endgame
is to find or establish a foundation which would own the C=/Amiga
copyrights and steward the IP, instead of being held by a for-profit
company.  He is trying to get all the legalities cleaned up first, and
figuring out how such a foundation would be funded and have lots of
members or whatever.  He's being open about all of this, and wants
people to know that it's 3rd parties pushing him to pursue some of these
cases because of their claimed stake, but he hasn't written all this up
online yet.

I personally think that it can be made a lot simpler, and involve
letters going out saying that the new owners of the IP are not honoring
contracts established with the prior owners, as many companies have done
in the past.  Because really, from a sensible and ethical viewpoint
these products are a dead market business-wise anyways, and if you have
enough to claim to own it, you can do what you want with it and let the
community openly modify & thrive with it.  But this is his project, and
he's doing what he thinks is the proper way forward.

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