[pc110] RE: TouchPad driver (was PC110 For Sale)

Rex Perkins (rperkins nospam at nine.com)
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 11:04:33 -0500

Hmm, seem to be a few points to clarify here:

Josh, you stated "Touchpad drivers installed." then "It's currently
running WIN95..." on the very next line. That's why I assumed you were
referring to a Windows driver, not a PW or Linux driver. That wouldn't
make sense, right? If there's another Win95 driver out there, I'd love
to hear about it.

Alan, it's my intention to provide the driver for download well into the
future. I am building a new web server right now in fact.
(http://www.pobox.com/~pc110 will automatically point to the new server
when it's up.)

I would also like to clarify why I am taking this position. In the past
I have released work to the world at large for no fee only to find
others distributing it in various ways for profit. I found this
frustrating and offensive.

In the case of this driver, I could have easily left the driver as just
a core running on my machine and any others I chose to install it on.
Instead, I went to the effort of putting an interface on it and
documenting it so that others in the community can use it.

My only restriction was that it is not distributed without my
permission. I didn't want to see companies -- or individuals -- using MY
work as a way of leveraging THEIR sales, or losing control of the

As I'm sure you all know, if claims to copyright aren't enforced in the
USA you risk losing them. That's why I felt it appropriate to post my
original message.

In this specific case, had Josh asked for permission (nicely!), he would
have received it.Finally, Josh, you can't copyright an individual's
name. Trademark it, yes, but not copyright it. (In the US anyhow.) <g>

(Wondering if I should bother making my keyboard driver available for
download or just keep it for myself...)