Technical Fixes for Legal Uncertainty in the 1980s Software Cracking Scene
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
During the 1980s, many software developers and enthusiasts reacted to software's unclear status within the U.S. copyright law by pursuing technical, rather than legislative fixes. This paper applies forensic methods to recover records of conflict between commercial software developers and the enthusiasts who sought to “crack” commercial programs’ copy protection.
Software development management, Computer hacking, IP networks, Law, Ethics
James A. Hodges. "Technical Fixes for Legal Uncertainty in the 1980s Software Cracking Scene" IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (2019): 20-33. https://doi.org/10.1109/mahc.2019.2894830