SimCity Free Download, the 2013 version of the renown city-building game, adds epic 3D graphics, and a MMO multiplayer feature. SimCity 3000; SimCity 4. SimCity 3000, also known as SC3K, is the 3rd release of the City-builder simulation series Sim City. It has improved city management features and graphics.
SimCity 2000 has in no way been abandoned - EA sells it on Origin and GOG, after all. Heidisql Download For Mac there. They also still hold the copyright, since copyrights in the US are good for a minimum of 70 years. Just because there have not been any updates or patches recently does not mean it isn't protected by copyright or has been abandoned. Additionally, from what I understand there is no longer any need to renew copyrights - that went away (for new works) when they redid copyright law in 1976, and now they simply last for the maximum amount of time. Just because a piece of software is older or is not receiving active updates doesn't make it public domain.
The copyright on the software was not renewed and since Maxis no longer exists it's up to EA to re-register the copyright for enforcement. Because the software has been end of life (no updates) for over 10 years it's been defaulted to public domain. Legally EA could attempt to reregister the copyright, but based ont he fact that they've burned so many bridges with the release of the current SimCity and the dissolving of Maxis I'd imagine they'll be releasing more software to public domain soon.
(TL;DR - Legally the software is still subject to copyright, but is no longer worth the price of maintaining the litigation and is let slip to the public domain.) • • • • •. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe that a copyright needs to be registered.
It's a right held by the creator the moment that they create something and it doesn't have an expiration like a trademark or patent. You can register a copyright for additional protections but ultimately the work will always belong to Maxis/EA. It will never fall into public domain unless Maxis/EA chooses to do so. The game is still lingering out there for free download merely because it's an easy game to pirate; no registration, no DRM, lightweight file size, etc.
Take a look at the page on Macintosh Garden for SC2K, EA requested that they remove the download: • • • • •. Obviously I'm talking fast and loose here because I'm not a lawyer. The reality is that while EA may DMCA the software they will not waste their time or money to actually litigate. If they were smart they would either release it to public domain or open source them. Adding and supporting the downloads in origin likely takes more money than they earn on the games from purchase. The new Sim City is already costing them more than they have generated to maintain. The reality is EA is going to have to embrace this symbiotic relationship with the public domain as the studio that worked the game has been dissolved and only the modding community is going to have the knowledge to upkeep the game and host the servers once EA writes the online mode off as a loss.