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Sony vs Connectix... continues... - February 16,2000 by JoseQ
If you thought the Sony vs. Connectix issue was over, think again. Sony, having an endless banking account and carelessly wanting to use it, has filed a new suit against Connectix claiming that in order for the smaller company to create the Virtual Gamestation emulator, they must've had to make use of 11 patents Sony owns. While asked why they come up with this now, after their whole ordeal together, Sony lawyer James Gilliland says: "Since there was already an injunction in place it had not been necessary for Sony to assert its patent claims". Which would translate almost directly to: "Sony has so much money, it will spend every penny necessary until the little competitor is squashed". This is really starting to get annoying, they get ruled out not a week ago, and once again they're objecting. While it might be interesting to see whatfollows here, it is sad to note that some firms do exercisethis practice just to suck all the money out of a companyvia defense expenses, which eventually culminates when thecompany has to give up and end their siege to survive. Maybe Sony should be examined for monopolistic practices... (Did I make that word up?). Anyways, what do you think of all this?

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Name: Chrono Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - (13:20)
Subject: A new Law..
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It seems to me that as we go into the future of huge business's competing with very small business's that there should be a law created for this problem. Never since America was created was this such a big problem, but going into the future this will most likely be common practice untill a law is put in place.

I wonder how many companies must perish before this law is created (email your senitor ; )


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Name: JoseQ Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - (12:19)
Subject: Damages...
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I just hope Connectix gets to a point where it can sue for damages and strike Jackpot then. =)

JoseQ

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Name: alex Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - (11:30)
Subject: hrm
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Obviously Sony have to protect their intellectual property, but this is just insane.
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Yet another example of how crazy
corporate law is nowadays... The judge
gives a judgement (after all thats his/her job heh) and then woop! 0.5 secs later
$ony files yet another claim for another
jumbled up reason... Hopefully they'll come against a judge who'll see Sony's case for what it really is...




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Name: Tratax Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - (11:02)
Subject: So, are they going to use the patent trick on Bleem! now ?
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It seems only logical to use the patent trick on Bleem! .. or maybe they will try it on Connectix .. and if it works on them, they'll go for Bleem! again.

And people wondered why PSEmu is dead .. go figure.

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Name: Jon Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - (14:20)
Subject: Re: So, are they going to use the patent trick on Bleem! now ?
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Actually, if Bleem and Connectrix were free emulators I
think Sony would care less. PSEmu was free and played some games
and Sony never payed any attention. Only when the
new PSX emulators went commercial did Sony see a threat.
I don't have any problem at all with what Sony is doing.


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>And people wondered why PSEmu is dead .. go figure.

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Name: Kilroy Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - (11:14)
Subject: Re: So, are they going to use the patent trick on Bleem! now ?
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Unless I'm mistaken, they tried that route already and failed -- Bleem was developed differently then the connectix product -- they actually looked at sony's code. I beleive bleem black boxed it so they could avoid this problem.

>It seems only logical to use the patent trick on Bleem! .. or maybe they will try it on Connectix .. and if it works on them, they'll go for Bleem! again.

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>And people wondered why PSEmu is dead .. go figure.

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Name: pjstroff Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2000 - (23:33)
Subject: Re: Re: So, are they going to use the patent trick on Bleem! now ?
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>Unless I'm mistaken, they tried that route already and failed -- Bleem was developed differently then the connectix product -- they actually looked at sony's code. I beleive bleem black boxed it so they could avoid this problem.

Yes, this is what Bleem programmers have claimed, and Sony has been unable to prove otherwise.

I've always been suspicious of this, though. It would be extremely difficult to emulate something like the Playstation without having access to the BIOS, especially for a tiny team like Bleem (which was written by a single programmer).

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