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In 1981, four years after Apple introduced its Apple II, Franklin Computer Corporation sought to duplicate Apple's achievement and released its first computer, the Franklin ACE 100.

The ACE 100 was a flagrant, bald-faced copy of the Apple II. The main board had very nearly the same design, and the ROM content was exactly identical except for the curious fact that the Apple copyright had been removed.

Nevertheless, the ACE supported some features that were missing in the Apple II, such as lower-case letters and a numeric keypad. The ACE 100 had a short life--hardly one year--and was soon replaced by the ACE 1000.

However, it found its infamous place in computing history when Apple took legal action against Franklin for counterfeiting its ROMs, and the US Court of Appeals decided in August 1983 that computer programs in ROMs could legally be copyrighted.
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