Interview wtth inventor of hypercard Bill Atkinson

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at
Fri Oct 20 14:55:48 EDT 2017

RunRev did buy Metacard, but not at the start.

I believe (this is where Heather can put us ALL straight) RunRev was 
initially designed as an alternative interface (front-end/GUI) to the
MeatCard one.

I don't think RunRev ever plagiarised, especially as they always gave 
credit to Metacard.

Now, wehter Supercard or Metacard plagiarised is not for me to say: and 
while the lawyers may, I don't really care: that was NOT
the thrust of my post.


On 10/20/17 9:51 pm, Bob Sneidar via use-livecode wrote:
> Actually, RunRev BOUGHT Metacard didn't they? So they owned it, which is why that is not plagiarism. But saying that a pure copy is the only form that can be called plagiarism doesn't hold water in a court of law. If it can be shown that enough sections of code are identical in  form and function to the original, especially if it can be demonstrated that the original code was modified to produce the new, then THAT is plagiarism pure and simple.
> Bob S
>> On Oct 20, 2017, at 10:36 , Richmond Mathewson via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
>> as the rip-off or HyperCard with a new front-end strapped on the front (i.e. LiveCode) is a bigger and
>> better beast than either Hypercard or MetaCard ever were.
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