I think the problem is that what is gained by stopping the pirates(atari/infogrames loss) might not be worth the cost of fighting them. This is both in profits and market share.
This is a market they gave up on...so do they even care about suing for a few thousand units of pirate fb2's? We think so, but they might not.
They do. Their legal department is taking action.
Then there is the problem of who do you go after? Can you even get to the guys in China? Is Kroger at fault...it's a tough situation.
Not in the least. We identified the source thanks to the pictures taken here, that's being taken care of in a way that won't require legal action. Kroger will being getting a cease and desist on selling the units in the future.
Any legal experts here? Wouldn't it clearly be an example of copyright violation, and an injunction granted to stop the pirates, without a legal battle if Atari (Infogrames) didn't have the money to fight or simply chose not to?
It's completely illegal, and a violation of Atari IP, trademarks, and copyrights (both in games, usage of their logo, and the product itself), as well as Activision's (since the two games were licensed from them in the first place). Atari legal knows about it and is taking it from here.
I wonder if Infogrames may have quietly licensed out this IP cheaply (and quietly) in order to make some quick cash? Stranger things have happened, like when Hasbro took over for cheap and let it go cheap.
Nope. They were completely unaware of this.
Edited by wgungfu, Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:12 PM.