By Val J. Golding
A problem that arises in any such organization as A.P.P.L.E. is that of “Bootlegging programs.” We have a number of programs in our personal library which we have purchased from a software vendor,and when a friend says: “Gosh, that’s a neat program .. will you run me a copy off?”, we have to decline. Not because we don’t want to pass the program on, but because we happen to believe that the author / owner of software is entitled to remuneration for his efforts, which is not possible when a program is freely duplicated and passed from person to person. This is why the author has placed a copyright line somewhere in the program.
Our club policy is oriented towards providing the membership with a maximum amount of software at the lowest possible cost, but this does not include adding programs for sale to our library unless we can make an agreement with a vendor to distribute his program, which we have done in some cases.
We would like to discourage from the outset the practice of duplicating, either on tape or printout, programs that carry copyright restrictions. We will not knowingly tolerate, or be a party to such practices.