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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Not the best move
by bbell on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:05 UTC
bbell
Member since:
2006-05-04

I don't think this move on the part of Commodore LLC is such a good idea.

It only makes the views of OSnews ring true.

I would have rather seen a note explaining everything missing from the news release, including clarifying the legal issues.

I do think selling computers like the Amiga and older 8-bit computers would be cool, and I would almost be tempted to buy one to play with.

I think the Amiga concept is interesting, and the look-a-like 8-bit machines too. As far as having a PC inside it, I would think something like a C64 DTV board inside would be even more interesting (with all the connections working for the I/O like disk drives/joysticks etc.). But I suppose an option with PC guts in it might sell as well. I would probably use it as a retro looking media PC.

As far as where the fellow operates from it doesn't surprise me its not a huge setup -- the number of retro fans is somewhat limited. If it were me I would start from my house too! If it takes off then look for a larger operation.

Anyways I will still wait to see these C64 shaped machines and the Amiga machines (particularly if priced reasonably IE wife proof).

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RE: Not the best move
by n0b0dy on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:37 in reply to "Not the best move"
n0b0dy Member since:
2009-09-03

Wow, a screenless, crippled laptop, that's so UNamazing. Lame...

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RE[2]: Not the best move
by judgen on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 01:04 in reply to "RE: Not the best move"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Maybe a "screenless" laptop is what i want, who are you to judge what system fits my needs best.
I am NOT saying that it is for everyone, but if the specs is correct and i can have both keyb* and computer as i used to back in the days in one kit, i would much prefer it to a laptop. Then i can just use whatever screen i like. And also even though they have shown no interest in supporting AROS yet, they might in the future and an installed base is kind of a good start.

AND the most important of all is the hand-warmer that is the AIO computer. (freezing my fingers off at this very moment, operating at -40 degrees)

Ok i am done. I am actually optimistic about this as most of teir products is allready available from other retailers, and to have the seal of beeing AROS compatible wont hurt.

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RE: Not the best move
by mabhatter on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 04:23 in reply to "Not the best move"
mabhatter Member since:
2005-07-17

this site has tracked the Amiga/Commodore fiasco probably longer than this guy has held the rights ownership... pushing 10 years now. These are the fans waited for year with false hope and more bickering. If anybody is going to even care about a dead brand it's these folks that still have old machines running. I'd bet the Plantiff doesn't even OWN a working Commodore machine.

If he's running a business catering to 1980's fans, prove Thom wrong! Release a real product that does what it CLAIMS to do. Put up, shut up, or go home. There's over 100 articles just on OSNews that reference Commodore going back to 1997! They fail nearly every single time. (but Duke Nukem still hold the record, so they fail at that too.) We have a better chance of seen BeOS/BeNews come back again than a Commodore machine.

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RE[2]: Not the best move
by Raffaele on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 09:35 in reply to "RE: Not the best move"
Raffaele Member since:
2005-11-12

this site has tracked the Amiga/Commodore fiasco probably longer than this guy has held the rights ownership... pushing 10 years now. These are the fans waited for year with false hope and more bickering. If anybody is going to even care about a still vital brand it's these folks that have purchased NEW machines running.


Fixed your un-informed incorrect statement... ;-P


Correct your statement I'd bet the Plantiff doesn't even OWN a working Commodore machine.


That's plain sure...


There's over 100 articles just on OSNews that reference Commodore going back to 1997! They fail nearly every single time.


Again uninformed.

Commodore is actually based in Netherlands and Commodore Gaming controlled brand produces High-End really Pumped-Up Computers for really geek core gamers and the other Commodore brand produces little electronic devices such as Commodre64 DTV (See wikipedia), and other thingies like MP3 devices, and data media such as blank CDs and DVDs for anyday usage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C64_Direct-to-TV

(but Duke Nukem still hold the record, so they fail at that too.)


Really? I did not spotted such this huge number of Duke Nukem Articles here on OS-News site.

Perhaps you are referring to other sites?


We have a better chance of seen BeOS/BeNews come back again than a Commodore machine.


Phail...

Evidences said you fail at failing.

Next time be more informed about Computer Manufacturer Companies and brand buy & sellings, and/or their moving to Europe or moving to USA and vice-versa.

Computer world is very sparkling about passages of properties of brands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_Gaming

http://www.commodoregaming.com/pcshop/home.aspx?q=13,242

Commodore XX launched in 2007 sporting Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core 3GHz QX6850 CPU was really at top of gaming experience, and also the custom cases were very attractive (European based CBM cases were super cooled and extermely customized, and only the case costs about 200 Euro).

http://stuff.tv/review/commodore-xx/

Remember:

Commodore is actually based in Europe and Commodore IS NOT Amiga, and AMIGA IS NOT COMMODORE.

They have in the past a common experience, as commodore get the Amiga brand for some time, but Amiga lived its own live since the Commodore CBM USA demise in 1994 (And being precise it was a volunteer bankruptcy and ceasing of activities, decided on its own will, directly by Commodore owner and CEO canadian millionaire Irving Gould who did not want to renew funds to the Commodore firm and preferred to cease activities), and Commodore lives actually its own life branded as Commodore International a firm controlled by Netherland group Yeahronimo.

P.S. It seems to me AFAIK that Netherland group Yeahronimo has ceased activities and the brand Commodore was sold in 2010 to (Anonymous???/Not well known???) China Venture Capital Electronics Manufacturing Group.

Edited 2010-09-02 09:50 UTC

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