Subject: Re: [stella] Authorship questions|
From: slapdash@xxxxxxxxxx (Russ Perry Jr)
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 08:51:58 -0600
>how many of the original 2600 games (as opposed to the newer games created >within the last yaer or two) are currently owned by their authors? Any? Keep in mind that I'm NOT an expert in these matters, but generally speaking, most games were created by companies' employees, which would make them "work for hire", which means the companies own the copyrights. There were cases where people designed games and took them to the companies. In these cases, it might be that the author holds copyrights, but it's not likely. I would think the companies would prefer to buy the games lock, stock and barrel rather than just buy permission for a while. The only cases where the author would own copyrights to their games would be if they designed them independently and sold only USAGE rights to the companies rather than OWNERSHIP rights; or where they might have bought rights back from a company. >Or are you always stuck going back to a parent company to negotiate the >rights for a game, like with the SuperCharger CD? That seems to be the case, only it's not always even that simple, as the parent company may have disappeared/changed or sold the rights to someone else. >Just curious if any older games could be easily republished with the >author's consent... Well, legally speaking, it seems unlikely. But if we're talking the sort of multicart/BINs underground, then you need only get a hold of it. Just remember that that route is not really legal, and, as unlikely as it may be to happen, there are potential legal consequences. So, Carl, anyone particular in mind? :) //*================================================================++ || Russ Perry Jr 1750 Lombard Ave #7 Oshkosh WI 54901-4135 || || 414-232-8246 slapdash@xxxxxxxxxx VIDEOGAME COLLECTOR! || ++================================================================*// -- Archives available at http://www.biglist.com/lists/stella/archives/ E-mail UNSUBSCRIBE in the body to stella-request@xxxxxxxxxxx to be removed.