[NTLK] Anyone know if Silk 2.0.2 is abandonware

Andrei Chichak newton at chichak.ca
Thu Nov 15 15:38:05 EST 2018


The copyright on software would be the same as any other copyrightable work. (yes there is a copyright on software, see Apple vs Franklin)

Since the software was written after 1980 but before 1998, it should be covered by copyright for 85 years.

The ownership of the copyright would pass along to the heirs.

As for abandonware, trademarks can fall due to nonuse and being undefended, but not copyrights. Assuming that something is abandoned and therefore not copyrighted is like finder’s keeper’s, no it’s not.

A
(not a lawyer, just a software developer)

> On 2018-November-15, at 9:59 AM, Grant Hutchinson <splorp at me.com> wrote:
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>> On Nov 13, 2018, at 10:31 PM, Mark Kuberski <berskyboy at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Anyone know if Silk 2.0.2 is abandonware?  I have 10 days left on my trial.  And I would like to register it.
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> I would assume that it can be classified as abandonware, given that Hardy Macia (the author of Silk and the other Catamount Newton titles) passed away in 2013. Also, Kagi (the registration and payment system used for Catamount software products) shut down two years ago.
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> However, I might be able to locate an extra activation code for it.
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> g.
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