The rights are still belongs to Atari wheter they throw something into the dustbin or not. What they through away is some data storage devices not the rights. I don't understand you.
I agree with you Jvas, the information on those devices belong in the backwaters of a rights of a company that has passed through three hands since. The rights for the information off those hard drives that Jason sells due to his time compiling them, and the game binaries, are all rights of that company.
Those rights existed till this happened...http://www.atarihq.c...999/990514.html
"Beverly, MA (May 14, 1999) - Leading entertainment software publisher, Hasbro Interactive announced today it has released all rights that it may have to the vintage Atari hardware platform, the Jaguar."
There is no other Atari gaming platform that can claim this. Released ALL rights.
I think the latter part of this announcement tells their intensions the best:
"We realize there is a passionate audience of diehard Atari fans who want to keep the Jaguar system alive, and we don't want to prevent them from doing that. We will not interfere with the efforts of software developers to create software for the Jaguar system
In other words, the owners of Atari when this statement of released rights wanted Jaguar fans
, true to leave them alone about making new games for the Jaguar, to continue the platform and have fun
. They wanted to encourage the hobby efforts of an old (and historically failed) Atari platform, and wanted to keep good will with Atari fans, probably in hopes that we would buy their newer products. And I would have to say it worked for me because I have bought their PC, Nuon, GameCube, and Dreamcast titles since. Well, games made by Hasbro and Infogramms as "Atari
". So let's break it down. Naturally "Atari" would not want us going out and SELLING products that they completed, but at the same time, based on what I see above, I think "Atari" would like for us to have that information above to learn from, share, & enjoy.
The commercial roms of the prime Atari era, the material in the dumpsters
, all came from that time segment that I would put under the umbrella of "it has released all rights that it may have to the vintage Atari hardware platform, the Jaguar". Those are all materials Atari contracted to be developed, paid for, and released years later.
It could be interpreted that way. The statement does say "All rights." with no other specifications.
Now there are developers that made materials for the Jaguar, the prototypes never released, that were never bought by Atari and are the rights of the developers
, or whoever they passed those rights onto (as we saw with Phase Zero where the developers passed on their rights to the game to Carl). We will need to be careful in cases like that, and will need to approach the current owners of those properties before we make links here or feature them here.
Ultimately, if AtariAge never features binaries directly like the other platforms here, I think the fact that we understand the spirit of the information that we have available... the binaries, the source codes, the wealth of material saved by Jaguar hobbyists and developers, if we move forward with less paranoia to how this information is used and freely discuss it as hobbyists... we're on the right track.
I'm already seeing us move in that direction, and I like what I already see and the input we've received from many on this thread.
Edited by doctorclu, Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:23 AM.