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Old 22 March 2019, 20:42   #1
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Public Domain Houses

I see a lot of these advertised in the Amiga magazines. Were these quite profitable businesses? Did any one on this site run one? I know the fish disk collection is useful.

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You'd have to think there was money in it or there wouldn't have been so many of them (with the money to advertise in print magazines as well).
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The funny thing is that in reality the public domain doesn't really exist for software. You can issue a public license for your software but ever since the 70's/80's you can't really give up copyright (you can always change your mind later and only existing copies can be copied under whatever license you released them under). People had a lot of misunderstanding (and they still do) of what "public domain" actually means.

The funniest thing was the UK phenomenon of "License-ware". Which was really just commercial software. It just had a different name because in this case the publisher and distributor were companies that normally specialized in distributing shareware/freeware stuff.

But yeah there was a fair amount of money in selling the service of copying/packing/shipping disks containing material that you paid nothing for. It wouldn't make anyone rich, but it would definitely get the bills paid.
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Found this article on atarimania.com in Atari ST Format when I was looking for the bullfrog Assembler tutorial.
Atari ST Format issue 25
Pages 113, 115, 117. He had 30,000 customers and had 6 employees in August 1991.
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