Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Atari Targets Retro Community

Just a quick note that there was a post on Slashdot recently about Atari issuing a Cease and Desist order against atari2600.org.

Here is the original post from Slashdot:


And here is the AtariUser article that the Slashdot article referenced:


Please take a moment to read both articles, and feel free to comment here if you wish. This is just ridiculous! Retro-computing fans are the ones that have helped keep the Atari brand alive.

1 comment:

Kev said...

The atari2600.org makes sense from a commercial point of view. If someone had a site called amstradcpc, ibmpc, as400 or similar I'd expect the related company to assert ownership at one stage or another because there's little scope for a fair-use argument when you're using make and model with zero modification.

I know there is z80.info but I believe the maintainer has an understanding with Zilog.

The ppsberlin takedown request is just plain ignorance however. It has been sad to see the second (or is it third) decline of Atari and the ones responsible are the trademark owners themselves; Releasing remakes like Yar's Revenge and Star Raiders which look nice but in terms of gameplay are barely competent.

It's a far cry from the early days where Atari engineers couldn't even get a project approved unless the design documents met minimum standards for uniqueness and originality.