Originally Posted by Harrison
It is illegal to scan someone else's work and then distribute it on DVD for a profit. It doesn't matter how long it took to scan it all. The scans are of someone else's copyrighted material.
If he were following the Rom Burner code of practice and offering the scans on disc for the price of the blank media plus shipping then OK, he would be doing it with the intention of archival and preservation, and offering a service to those incapable of waiting for the same files to download, but at £12 a disc, it comes across that he scanned them with the intent to always make a profit (no matter how small). No one should be involved in such a project if they expect to make money as a thank you for their efforts. That isn't, and should be the point of doing such a project. It should be for preservation.
Mort doesn't make any profit......all the money goes back into buying computer mags (mostly from Ebay) for scanning and new scanners once he's worn them out. He's been scanning whole computer mag collections for years......well before anyone else bothered to preserve them. What's more, he bothers to source and scan obscure computer mags that otherwise might not ever be available to the masses, rather than just purely focus on the popular computer mags. If you're so bothered by what Mort does, then feel free to buy up all the computer mag collections currently unavailable on the torrent sites, scan them and then torrent them or sell them to everyone here and elsewhere on the net for the price of the media + p&p. We'll all be waiting with baited breath........