Breton Slivka of Busting at the Seams blog says he has obtained the source code of the software that eventually became Autodesk Animator Pro -- a 256-color pixel animation program that was very popular in the early 1990s.
The original author, Jim Kent, wrote it for the Amiga home computer; when he licensed it to others, he kept the copyright to the source code.
Now that he has the source code, Mr Slivka wants to create an open source version. But he lists these problems:
- Some material in zip files might not have been written by Mr Kent.
- Documentation is copyrighted by Autodesk.
- Fonts are licensed from Anim8.
- And he needs to figure out how (1) to compile the source code and (2) to compile it with open source compilers.
He's looking for help on all these fronts. (Wiki article on Animator Pro.)