Apologies if all this is known, and for bringing up (once again) this contentious subject.
Supposedly Texas Instruments can grant you permission to distribute TI-99/4A BIOS ROMs, cartridges, other software, and even manual scans for personal use (at least) though definitely not extending to the third-parties that also made software for the TI-99/4A.
I finally found the permission granted to one such person I've remembered for years (attn: mizapf, Justin)... in this very group!http://tech.groups.y...sage/4682?var=1
> For those titles that TI owns the copyright in,
> TI does not object to your distribution. If the software title
> contains a copyright statement indicating TI copyright ownership
> you may be able to assume TI ownership.
> Herbert W. Foster
> E&PS Business Services
...though I also remember seeing an older permission somewhere... included with one of the early TI-99 emulators as ASCII text maybe. Maybe an old-timer will remember.
Other TI-99/4A emulator authors supposedly with permission:
Also, Texas Instruments granted permission to distribute TI99/8 ROMs:https://groups.googl.../?fromgroups=#!
> TI is pleased to grant you permission to copy and distribute any TI
> copyrighted program written specifically for the TI-99/8 home
> computer, including the ROM for the console. This permission is
> conditioned upon your agreement not to alter the copyright notice in
> the program and to include the copyright notice with each copy you
> make and distribute. This permission does not apply to any program
> bearing the copyright notice of any party other than TI. You agree
> to include a separate notice with each copy you distribute that such
> distribution is made under license from Texas Instruments.
> TI makes no warranty with respect to the program and is under no
> obligation to provide any support or assistance with respect to the
> programs. TI is under no obligation to provide upgrades to the
> TI accepts no liability with respect to your use, coping or
> distribution of the programs.
> Herbert W. Foster
> Manager, E&PS Business Services
Also, 99er.net has permission to distribute scans of TI-99/4A manuals: http://www.99er.net/...Ipermission.pdf
> From: Abbott, Fred
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 1999 5:46 PM
> Subject: Putting 99/4A info on Web Site
> I just got the word back that your putting obsolete manuals on your
> web site would not be a problem for us.
> Fred Abbott
However, in the past they've sent C&D's and/or DMCA takedown notices regarding calculator ROMs and signing keys.
In conclusion, finally, but none the least importantly - if you're opening a ROM site or server to distribute Texas Instruments TI-99/4A ROMs or manuals, you have to contact them and ask for permission - you can't take someone else's permission (Classic99's, PC99's) as your own.
It appears the department to talk to is TI's Educational & Productivity Solutions Division, Business Services department.
However, here in 2013, it's unknown if Herbert W. Foster is still there. According to the DMCA takedown notices of 2009-2010, he was still with them then. You could try contacting:
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Herbert W. Foster
Manager, Business Services
Education Technology Group