Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 20:24 UTC
Legal Well, this was rather unexpected. As it turns out, Commodore USA's CEO Barry Altman isn't particularly pleased about the article I wrote earlier today in which I placed a considerable amount of scepticism with regards to Commodore USA and its business (and website). He (not his lawyer) sent us a threatening email demanding we take down the article, post a new correction article, the whole shebang. The entire email - as an image, you'll want the original formatting - after the break. Our reply? We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram.
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Take a chill pill
by BigBentheAussie on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 01:01 UTC
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Just a few things guys....

Do you realise that Commodore USA is a start-up?
Do you realise that it made no sense to invest in a fancy website until we had the trademark licenses sorted out?

Let's see, we've had the Commodore one for a week or two, and the Amiga one for a couple of days.
Don't worry, we'll have that fancy website soon enough.
That you don't think we have the trademarks licensed is rather insulting, both to us, and the people who actually own the trademarks.

That is all Hyperion are questioning and it is easily sorted out.

The response from **normal** people has been great and that is what is the most important.

You have no idea of what our plans are. Our situation. Nothing. You do realise we're going to sell our machines in stores don't you?

What happened with Thom is regrettable, but it only shows how callous people can be before they know the real story, or even bother to find out. Maybe it's a very Australian thing for me, to believe in giving people a fair go. To not rush to judgment, especially based on the lack of polish of a website, for Pete's sake.

We are not asking anyone for a kidney... or indeed anything at this point. The kind of criticism we are receiving is unjustified and in many cases borders on's rather amusing to watch actually.
Without the Commodore name you wouldn't care less about whatever it is you perceive to be our foibles.

It's a pity things cannot emerge fully realised from day one, but that is not the way things work. Rome was not built in a day.

Warmest Regards,
Leo Nigro
Chief Technology Officer,
Commodore USA, LLC

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