Colevision software copyrights were sold to
Telegames, Inc based in
Gun Barrel City, Texas, United States
www.telegames.com before Coleco collasped
Anything not included would of possibly went to
Hasbro or today Atari
Some peeps believe RWB Coleco is getting the Software IP from a deal with Telegames
Where did the idea that Telegames bought Coleco software copyrights come from? I've read it on some websites but there must be a source to this rumour. It looks like Telegames did buy up unsold inventory from lots of different cartridge producers, Telegames pretty much had all cartridge producers in their offerings from Activision to Xonox. Some thought the white label cartridges were manufactured by Telegames but that could be incomplete cartridge stock acquired from the original producers ( http://atariage.com/...abel/?p=2767059). Telegames did exclusively release Activision's Alcazar and First Star's Boulder Dash for Coleco Vision), however the instructions for Alcazar and Boulder Dash clearly state that the software is copyrighted to Activision and First Star respectively. In the 1990's Telegames published a Windows CD of thirty Coleco Vision games. Games were limited to Activision, Bit Corp, and Imagic titles only (except Wing War); it's not clear how these games were licensed. All six Imagic titles but none of the Activision or Bit Corp titles are on the CV Flashback; neither are any of the exclusive Telegames titles.
The other theory is Coleco software rights went to Hasbro. In 1989 it was reported that Hasbro purchased "most" of Coleco's product lines and planned to manufacture Cabbage Patch Kids ( http://www.nytimes.c...ts.html?mcubz=3). Other products include board games like Scrabble and Parchesi, and Hasbro previously bought a line of children's furniture and ride-on toys from Coleco. It's possible Coleco Vision and Adam rights were included in the purchase but I don't know if anyone knows.
Another theory is with Infrogrames/Atari (aka Atari Interactive). In 1995 Hasbro Interactive was established as a subsidiary of Hasbro. In 1998 Hasbro Interactive purchased "substantially all" of the Atari assets from JTS ( https://www.sec.gov/...9-98-009085.txt). And in early 2001 Hasbro sold Hasbro Interactive to Infogrames/Atari ( https://www.sec.gov/...000003-0001.txt ) . Since Hasbro Interactive was a wholly owned company established in 1995 and the Hasbro purchase of Coleco assets happened in 1989, it's possible Coleco Vision assets remained with Hasbro assuming Hasbro had them in 1989.
Going to preface this by saying I'm not a lawyer -- but from this layperson's perspective, there are occasions where the whole issue of copyright/trademark ownership is only protected/asserted through litigation.
RWB is a trademark holding company, they are not a hardware/software company. Of course, the various Coleco trademarks only have a "value" due to their proximity/association with the console and games made/licensed by Coleco Industries Inc circa 1982-1984/85. From their past actions as documented at the US Patent and Trademark Office, RWB has used original Coleco Industries Inc products/marks along with associated games as proof of market usage to assert control over the marks. From what I can tell, RWB licenses the use of the marks, but not the game code per se. Without seeing actual contracts, we can't know how RWB and ATgames have decided their approach to the inclusion of the software titles between themselves.
Bill L. has previously advised that RWB/Coleco licensed all the games (code and audio/visuals and trademarks) on the CV Flashback to AtGames (not sure if that includes the 12 homebrews). There are many different rights holders involved here that include Taito, Warner, G-mode, Stern, Atari Interactive, Sega, Universal, Activision, Konami, and many smaller companies and individuals some of which may no longer be active, as well as whoever has former Coleco Industries properties. It's quite an achievement. Has RWB/Coleco previously provided any content to a product other than the Coleco trademarks? Since then, RWB/Coleco are in development of video games based on Rainbow Brite and Robotech licensed brands.
Edited by mr_me, Yesterday, 9:39 AM.