Frogboy wrote:In that analogy, Stardock would be Nintendo.
Question, then. Paul Reiche and Fred Ford are sitting on the rights to something
within the old games. If it's not the original aliens, what is it that they own? Are you saying the contract they signed before now leaves them with rights to nothing at all? I was under the impression that there was some kind of split ownership situation between them and Accolade, and you're now carrying whatever Accolade had.
As far as Stardock knows, they own all the IP they licensed to be part of Accolade's Star Control game. But we don't really know for sure because the game was actually produced by a bunch of people and there is no documentation for who owns what on any of that IP.
So even if Paul and Fred said "Please feel free to use those aliens" we wouldn't because we have no evidence that they have any rights to any of that. That's why we want to be indemnified when they go and do Ghosts of the Precursors. If there's some future dispute over that IP, we don't want to be involved. I am pretty sure it'll be fine but it really isn't asking much for them to do that in exchange for permanently releasing them from all the restrictions that are on that IP.
There is no split ownership regarding Star Control itself. Accolade owned Star Control I, II, and III which later went to Atari which is now to us. If you look on the box, you see that it is Accolade that owns Star Control (I, II, III). Star Control II, of course, was designed by Paul and Fred (and this is acknowledged on the back of the box, you can see it for yourself).
It should be noted that I offered to call them on the phone numerous times to figure out the best way to move forward. They responded with lawyers. They, not us, were the ones who got lawyers involved.
Now, Paul and Fred have made many claims regarding who has what right to sell the DOS games. But so far they have not provided a single document to corroborate their claims.
So on the one hand, we have these signed legal documents and on the other hand, we have, what seems to us, a series of out-of-the-blue demands being made.
Meanwhile, they are running around claiming to be making an official sequel to Star Control II. Imagine what would happen to say, George Lucas, if he claimed he was now making the official sequel to Return of the Jedi.
Most of you guys know I'm as big of a fanboy of Star Control as it gets. I'm a huge Paul fan from back from the Archon days. As is, I've been instructing the attorneys to show as much restraint and be as gentle as possible about this. But they really need to talk to competent legal counsel instead of making blog posts.