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What was the legal arrangement between author, publisher and end user for 'type-in programs' in old computer magazines?

Today we live in a world where the idea of open-source is well understood and protected by legal gobbledygook like the MIT, GPL, LGPL, Apache, and EI-EI-O licenses. (Ok, I made up that last one). It ...
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Did type-in-programs or type-in-listings teach programming in the 70s and 80s or was it just tedious typing of the source code?

In the late 70s and early 1980s, computer magazines and books usually distributed program codes via program listings, which the user then had to type into his computer. Today these are also known as ...
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Is there any hard data about type-in programs in the 80s?

In the 1980s, type-in listings were a staple of many home computer magazines[1]. This suggests that they added value to the magazine, and that people did actually type them in. On the other hand, ...
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