Re: [stella] Re: 2600's TIA & the TV Boy
Subject: Re: [stella] Re: 2600's TIA & the TV Boy|
From: Chad Schell <gamer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 10:46:26 -0700
Hmmm. Dunno. Would it still be piracy even though the end result was of
a totally different design than the original? i.e. HDL vs. NMOS
transistor layout? Or does it count because the design is based off the
Most likely, yes it would piracy. I looked into a lot of this with the
Cuttle Cart. It's copyright that will kill you. The DMCA has made
everything horrible, throwing out many of the former restrictions on what
could be copyrighted, etc. Basically the stance on reverse engineering is
that if you have had access to the original product, then it's assumed
you've stolen information rather than doing a ground up
recreation. Everything now requires clean room reverse engineering, where
one team breaks something down, then provides a flow chart of the operation
that another team recreates everything from - having never had access to
It's actually reached the point where any reverse engineering is likely
illegal in the US. That's why companies are now doing that work over in
Europe, then having people in the US recreate things based on the findings
of the European team.
Since you've done so much with the TIA, and are about to receive chip masks
/ schematics for the chip, you wouldn't have much defense. I know there
used to be special rules governing chip masks specifically, and that there
are no valid patents on the VCS because the Coleco case established that
fact, but I don't know how well you'd fare in the copyright arena.
It's definitely something to consider, especially if you had any commercial
ventures in mind, like a portable VCS, etc.
Like the Atari 2600? Check out the Cuttle Cart.
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