Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 874 from 2007/4/9
From: Kingston upon ...
Maybe a more constructive way to approach it might be putting the product on sale at a fixed price, and run a bounty system in parallel, with both sales revenue and bounty pledges contributing towards the target price for open-sourcing.
That would allow people to get their hands on legacy software legally, give the developers some guaranteed cash, and give a reasonable gauge for whether enough people are interested.
If the target is never reached, then the 'bounty' contributors get their money back, the 'purchasers' get to keep their legally bought copies, and the IP owners get to keep the cash from the sold copies.
May depend any lingering distribution rights I suppose in some cases, but seems like a no-brainer really: win-win-win.
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