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Old 07-06-2017, 01:19 PM   #1
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Is Super Mario Bros (released in 1985) free ?


Hi,

1985, Super Mario Bros is released.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros.

Do you believe that 32 years make it available to informatic's community? Patents are usually for 20 years, so, what about 32 years?

Code:
echo $(( 2017 -1985))
32
 
Old 07-06-2017, 01:28 PM   #2
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Super Mario Bros., the successor to the 1983 arcade title Mario Bros.,

so when was Mario Bros., created?

or is that a mis read? successor to 1983 would be after 1983?

does not make it free per se' just able to use its likeness an or how it works as you own under a different name - like the many tetras games and alike out there like yachty and such all have variants of the same game under a different name.

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Old 07-06-2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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Might "Mickey Mouse Law" apply here? in other words, might the "intellectual property" last until the last person who ever saw it dies?
 
Old 07-06-2017, 01:48 PM   #4
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Might "Mickey Mouse Law" apply here? in other words, might the "intellectual property" last until the last person who ever saw it dies?
After 50 years maybe? like Kennedy mystery uncovered?

To me, 32 years is quite a long period. Who knows how much Nintendo in 2017 can get $$ with a 1985 old game?

Look HL, got their game on Archives.org, which is likely also a bit hit for gaming industry:
https://archive.org/details/Half-Lif...and_Valve_1998
 
Old 07-06-2017, 01:54 PM   #5
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I meant this.
 
Old 07-06-2017, 02:13 PM   #6
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I meant this.
oh, man "to 120 years"

wow
 
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The copyrights will still be in effect.

Brands can have very long lasting value. Consider, for instance, the license fees that Google is paying for PokemonŽ characters in association with its online game ...
 
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oh, man "to 120 years"

wow
That's so far, who knows how far they will reach?
Mind you, there is some consolation in that one can now sing "Happy Birthday To You" and not be charged with copyright infringement! Yay, erm....
 
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At one time there was a small limit on the time you could protect works. Then after that time the works were supposed to enrich the public by becoming public domain. That is the public owns it. After some mean folks got there hands on the laws there became longer and longer times before the public could own it. After all the public protected the original owners. They ought to get something back shouldn't they?

I doubt anything has turned into public domain in the last 20 years. Owners can go back and reclaim the rights even.
 
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That's so far, who knows how far they will reach?
Mind you, there is some consolation in that one can now sing "Happy Birthday To You" and not be charged with copyright infringement! Yay, erm....
Actually, no: that ruling is being challenged.
 
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Actually, no: that ruling is being challenged.
Darn, it! So 124 years and counting... Perpetual copyright here we come!
 
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Darn, it! So 124 years and counting... Perpetual copyright here we come!
124 years, so long, you maybe have the chance to learn ASM/C/C++ and program it yourself, even make it better than the original
 
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Perpetual copyright here we come!
Mario, Luigi and Yoshi have all signed a class-action suit.
 
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Mario, Luigi and Yoshi have all signed a class-action suit.
I heard that a Mr "Jet-Set" Willy and a Ms Packman were interested in supporting it. A Mr D Kong was too busy throwing barrels to comment...
 
Old 07-07-2017, 07:36 PM   #15
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I heard that a Mr "Jet-Set" Willy and a Ms Packman were interested in supporting it. A Mr D Kong was too busy throwing barrels to comment...
While communicating, employing "A Mr D Kong" into a sentence cannot be done without paying fees to Nintendo */
 
  


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