Contents of the README.1ST file
THE MOVIE DATABASE
Welcome to my movie-information-on-disk concept.
I think you'll find it interesting and entertaining.
For information on what the database contains,
For information on how to look up information
with the included MOVIES program, see MOVIES.DOC.
The remaining information in this file consists
- registration information
- the licensing agreement
- information about recent updates to
The Movie Database package.
The contents of these diskettes has been provided
on an honor system "try-before-you-buy" basis.
(Unless you purchased this package directly from
Packet Press, your payment was simply for a
duplication/handling charge and for the
diskette(s) themselves, not for the contents.)
As much as I'd like to provide this database
for free, it required a lot of time to type in the
information for 4000+ movies. (Time I could have
spent making some money to meet my mortgage
payments.) If you like The Movie Database and
would like to continue using it, then please pay
for it. As with all shareware, software authors
receive nothing from shareware vendors or BBSs.
The only time we get anything for our efforts is
when you, the user, send us the registration fee.
Your $15 registration for The Movie Database
supports my work on this project as well as
puts you on my mailing list to be informed of
To register, just send us a check or money
order for $15, with your name and address.
Carefully read the following terms and
conditions. If you do not agree with them, you
should not use this package. Use of this software
package indicates your acceptance of the terms and
Eric Balkan, dba "Packet Press", hereinafter
"Publisher", provides this product and licenses its
use. Your use of this product acknowledges that
you have read this agreement, understand it, and
agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.
You may use this product for any purpose,
subject to the following restrictions:
1 - You may copy the contents of these diskettes for
yourself or for others, but the entire package
must be copied without change;
2 - You may charge for copies of this package, but
not more than $12;
3 - You may not incorporate this package, or any part
of this package, in a commercial product, without
prior arrangement with Packet Press. (Typically,
I will ask for a nominal royalty fee.)
This license is effective until terminated.You
may terminate it at any time by destroying the
product together with all copies. The license also
terminates if you fail to comply with the terms and
conditions of this agreement.
The contents of these diskettes are protected by
United States Copyright law and also by International
The Publisher makes no warranties in regard to
this product. No claim is made that functions
contained in this product will meet your
requirements or that the software operation will be
uninterrupted or error free.
In no event will the publisher be liable to you
for any damages, including any lost profits, lost
savings or other incidental or consequential
damages arising out of the use or inability to use
this product, or for any claim by any other party.
This agreement shall be construed, interpreted
and governed by the laws of the state of Maryland.
You agree that this is the complete and exclusive
statement of this agreement which supersedes any
prior agreement or other communication between us on
7/9/89 - Version 3.2
1 - I've started adding character names to the rest of the information.
(This helps if you're trying to remember, for instance, who played
Daisy in Mystic Pizza.)
2 - The Showid & Makeid files have been removed: there wasn't any
response to the concept.
1 - MOVIES.EXE has been improved. It will now run faster and
also hold a larger amount of search results (up to about 2000 hits).
You can also send search results to a file or files. (When the
program asks if you want to review your results for a search, reply Y.)
On color monitors, MOVIES will display white text on a blue
background. (If you find this hard to read on your system, first use
the DOS mode command (mode mono or mode bw80) before invoking movies.)
1 - Version 3.0 released. This is the first version to
have mini-reviews of selected movies. This is being
done on an experimental basis and may or may not be
continued depending on response.
1 - You will find a program called MAKEID on your
diskette. Run this program to put your social
security number on the diskette so that you will get
credit when you give a copy of The Movie Database to
someone else and they decide to register. (You
must be registered yourself in order to to be
2 - You may also find a "bat" file called SHOWID.
This contains the identifying social security number
of whomever you got your disk from. Give us this
number when you register.
3 - Thanks to Warren A. Ward and John V. Flowers for
helping to eliminate duplicate entries in the files.