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>> From joystiq.com:
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Here's something abandonware enthusiasts can be thankful for: the Library of Congress yesterday approved six exemptions to US copyright. The one most pertinent to gamers is that, for archival purposes, copy protection on software no longer being sold or supported by its copyright holder can be cracked.

What does this mean? Well, those retro games -- classic or otherwise -- that you can't seem to find anywhere can now be preserved without fear of ramifications. Although it is still unlawful to distribute the old games, free or otherwise, rarely do any abandonware cases go to court. The ruling is more symbolic than anything, but a step in the right direction.
Read More: joystiq.com and news.yahoo.com
    
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So... Commander Keen is now freeware? If that is what this implies.
    
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no not really.. you can not distribute the software.. but you may crack it if ya have it for some odd reason like say you lost the key for it a long long time ago.. at least thats how i took it
    
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yea i kinda thought it was cool.. it only makes since if its not supported or sold anymore it should be fair game
    
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So Aquanox falls under this bill?
    
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post #7 of 9
does this include old versions of a product? or just if they abandon the whole line.
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Like some old SNES games I guess
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I dunno about SNES, since there is something about getting those for the Wii.
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