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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tmcd35
Member since:
2010-04-26

I've paraphrased (more b*st*rdised) a famous quote regarding the meaning of some peoples lives.

I think it aptly sums up the entire post C=64 history of both the Commodore and Amiga brand names.

Commodore went bust because they didn't know how to handle the brands properly and everyone who has owned the IP since has similarly f'ed it up.

The joke is the two brand names are still actually worth something and would probably sell bucket loads in the right hands.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The joke is the two brand names are still actually worth something and would probably sell bucket loads in the right hands.


I seriously doubt there's any worth in these brands. The majority of the computer users today don't know what Amiga and Commodore are and to the few that do know they signifiy screw ups and shady dealings.

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tmcd35 Member since:
2010-04-26

"I seriously doubt there's any worth in these brands. The majority of the computer users today don't know what Amiga and Commodore are and to the few that do know they signifiy screw ups and shady dealings."

I disagree. The C=64 was the best selling machine from the 8bit era. The Amiga itself, right up to Commodore's demise, was a hugely popular machine and not just with enthusiasts.

I think Commodore USA probably have they right idea, it's just looking very poorly executed.

Take the combined brand name of "Commodore Amiga" and slap it on the side of AiO keyboard PC's, iPad style Slate PC's and Netbooks. All at Walmat prices.

Stick to one well known OS - Ubuntu. AmigaOS, MorphOS, Comodo, etc, etc - is just not gonna sell. Windows will had a few $$$'s to the price and take away a USP from the brand, making it just another white box shipper (bad).

Get some PC/electric/supermarket retail stores to stock the product and you are on to a bit of a winner.

It's the approach Acer, E-Machine, Packard Bell, et al have taken for years and it generally works.

Edited 2010-09-02 09:22 UTC

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David Member since:
1997-10-01

Your statement is only true for people under 30. For people my age, and in fact a big swath of people from age 35 to 60, I'd say Commodore has huge cultural resonance. At least as much cultural resonance as other icons from the 80s such as Transformers. It's not like whoever owned the IP for Transormers had any problem cashing in on it.

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