From DIY computers to illegal copies: The controversy over tinkering with microcomputers in Taiwan, 1980-1984

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Abstract

In the early 1980s, tinkerers assembling and modifying microcomputers opened up this black-boxed technology and helped popularize microcomputers in Taiwan. Such activities, however, prompted copyright suits between Apple Computer and Taiwanese computer manufacturers. This article delineates the debate around those suits and examines how this practice shaped new social meanings of microcomputers in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5771313
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
issue, and the two anonymous referees for their helpful comments. I also acknowledge the support of US National Science Foundation grant number 0847981, a Graduate School Research Travel Grant, and Hu-Shih Memorial Awards from the East Asia Program at Cornell University.

Keywords

  • Apple Computer
  • Apple II
  • History of computing
  • Taiwan
  • compatibles
  • microcomputers
  • software
  • tinkering

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