I ran across this great article on Codetapper’s C64 site and wanted to share the link.
There was a quote from Chuck Sommerville about how great the copy protection was on California Games (it was Vorpal).
The article does a great job debunking the claim that all cracked versions of Summer Games came from the US Gold Cassette release.
Talking to crackers from Eagle Soft Incorporated
When I downloaded games from BBS’s back in the day here in the USA, Eagle Soft was the most common cracking group, from the games I grabbed. But here is the link to this great article: https://codetapper.com/c64/rants/california-games-c64-copy-protection/
This is a must and great read! Thank you Codetapper.
Back in the day me and my friends where Collectors. We downloaded and traded as many programs as we could. Did we use them? No. Did we play the games? Usually no. We just collected them. Maybe it’s an addiction? Were you a collector?
This article is from The Transactor Vol 5, Issue 03.
This is a very interesting article on the FCopy program which was the first to take the time to top copy a C64 disk from 25 minutes to 8 minutes and then to 4.5 minutes.
It’s a great read.
The story of FCopy (CLICK HERE for the FULL article)
This was an interest article found in TPUG magazine. Which stood for the Toronto PET User Group. I don’t know how many issues there were, but I have 25 issues from Feb 1984 to Aug-Sept 1986.
To Copy Protect, or Not to Copy Protect
This was an article from GeoWorld Magazine Issue #20
Unveiling the Pirate Part 3
This is part #3 in this article from The Transactor in 1984.
The Legal Issue:
Copyrights and how they apply to you
Legal Avenues to Take
DOWNLOAD the PDF here: Unveiling-Part3