So, let me start off by telling you a story.
20 years ago (roughly) my mother was interested in starting a software company, dealing primarily in Macintosh applications written in the HyperTalk scripting language.
She began working on a few small projects, learning the language and developing a style. She actually got very good at it, and put out a couple of programs that she sold for a few dollars a piece. The name of her 'company' was "SoftDock." (Kind of cool, if you ask me)... One program in particular was popular: The "SoftDock Personal Journal." It had hundreds (or less conservatively---thousands) of downloads, and was extremely popular during the days of Compuserve, etc. It was a graphic interactive journal/diary that was also capable of acting as a datebook and a calendar. Simply go back to whatever year you wanted, click on the date, and all your date book and diary/journal entry was available to read back on. You could enable password protection, and even change your background or color scheme any time you wanted to.
Pretty clever for the times, IMO... There wasn't much out there back then with all these elements included into one package.
Anyway, let's move it on up a bit. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Macintosh discontinued support of HyperCard, her Journal lost steam, and she stopped updating and uploading it. It was basically forgotten, and became a very cool part of our little family history.
Fast Forward to yesterday. I was searching online for any information on mom's old software... out of nostalgia or curiosity, I Googled 'SoftDock Diary' and found exactly what I was looking for!
Only thing that sort of concerned me... was they are SELLING mom's diary/journal for $18.95 a pop!
It has had at least SOME downloads (I cannot see how many) and receives a 5 out of 5 rating from the downloaders.
My question is, are there any rights involved here? I know it has been almost 15 years since she even used the Journal or had anything to do with its preservation or advancement, but someone's selling her product for $18.95 a pop!
I know this isn't a huge deal to most folks... it is only moderately interesting to her (she was happy to see it when we found it online)... But it seems to me that for a company to be selling software with her name on it, shouldn't she at least be getting a bump from it?
It is extremely outdated, yes. It is old legacy software from the OS7/OS8 days. But man... if someone's making almost $20 per download from mom's software, I'd think she should at LEAST get a bit of kickback.... no?