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Atari C&Ds Emulators, Site About Asteroids 155

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes "Atari Inc. has launched another round of cease-and-desist letters targeted at what remains of its fan community. Having threatened homebrewers for the Atari 2600 and 8-bit systems, as well as emulator authors for mobile platforms like Android, they're now upping the ante by menacing Atari emulator authors on the Dreamcast and sites with Asteroids in the name (though in fairness, that site apparently once hosted a version of the Asteroids game). The working theory is that the company is planning a big push into the mobile market, and is trying to eliminate everything it believes could threaten its latest attempts at reviving the brand name. However, the emulators in question appear to have no copyrighted content from Atari, so it's unclear what exactly Atari believes the infringing material to be."
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Atari C&Ds Emulators, Site About Asteroids

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  • by _0xd0ad (1974778) on Friday September 02, 2011 @01:46PM (#37289578) Journal

    However, the emulators in question appear to have no copyrighted content from Atari, so it's unclear what exactly Atari believes the infringing material to be

    Their trademark.

  • Re:HAHAHAHAHA (Score:4, Insightful)

    by amiga3D (567632) on Friday September 02, 2011 @01:52PM (#37289660)

    Lots of people would. For a laugh or nostalgia. Would they pay for the privilege? I doubt it.

  • by diodeus (96408) on Friday September 02, 2011 @01:59PM (#37289750) Journal

    8-bit Atari is to Atari is like Duke Nukem is to Duke Nukem Forever.

  • by houstonbofh (602064) on Friday September 02, 2011 @02:03PM (#37289782)

    Personally I think emulators should be legal, but I have no idea how a lawyer would argue this in court

    The same way the after-market industry argued for car parts. Saying the oil filter is for a Ford V8 is descriptive, not infringement.

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <.bassbeast1968. .at. .gmail.com.> on Friday September 02, 2011 @04:20PM (#37291440) Journal

    The fact that the BIOS of a machine made in 1975 can be DMCAed shows us why China and India is gonna kick our ass. Can you believe such insanity? our entire industry is building upon the shoulders of the giants that came before but thanks to Valenti (may he rot in hell) and his endless copyrights combined with DMCA garbage the west is pretty much dead with regards to innovation.

    One simply can no longer build on the ideas of the past without a giant minefield of patents and copyrights controlled by absolute douchebags. I should know because I had a nice little idea to bring back the Shareware discs of old. It would have been "DOSBox...in a box" where the old Shareware games could be loaded and played like the old days of pre Win9x. but trying to deal with the douchebags i quickly found that one can't even offer the shareware titles anymore because the pigs that currently hold the rights all want iMoney for them, even if they have NO PRODUCTS being offered or even any hope of porting those titles in the future. We ain't talking Wolf3D here, we are talking about all the funky and weird crap that used to be on those "300 games for $5!" discs.

    I found out if I want to say "Fuck America!" I can have the whole thing made in China no problem, but in the USA? the minefiled makes it more expensive than the highest AAA games, all thanks to endless copyrights and douchebaggery. is it any wonder the USA is in the shitter?

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