RIM Winning the Legal Game Against Atari in BrickBreaker Copyright Infringement Dispute

BrickBreaker or Breakout?
By Kevin Michaluk on 28 Aug 2007 12:03 pm EDT
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Don't get me wrong, I love Atari, but when I read the latest news about the legal actions between Atari and RIM it was enough to make me want to toss my Atari t-shirt in the dumpster. Come on guys, can't we all just get along here???

Though the dispute began in 2006, this was the first I had heard about Atari's problem with BrickBreaker, the game known and loved by BlackBerry Addicts worldwide since it first appeared on the 7200 series four years ago. Atari asserts that both RIM's BrickBreaker and Meteor Crusher games infringe on Atari's copyrights for Breakout and Asteroids. In the gaming world, these Atari games are beyond OLD SCHOOL! Atari actually bought Breakout for $5,000 from Steve Jobs in 1976.

Despite the fact Breakout and Meteor Crusher are a part ancient gaming history, Atari sent RIM two letters in 2006 warning that RIM's games infringe on Atari's copyright and demanded sales figures for the calculation of royalties. In response to the letters, RIM filed a court action asking for a declaration that its games do not violate the copyrights of Atari's games. Earlier this month, Judge Spiegel of the Superior Court of Ontario heard Artari argue that the case should be dismissed or moved from the court due to a lack of jurisdiction. It looks like RIM is winning the back and forth battle - Spiegel denied Atari's request.

I think all of us are going to have a different opinion on this one. For myself, I respect Atari (one of my very first gadget loves), but have to side with my current gadget love with the BlackBerry. Read the Full Story for More Details...  

What are your thoughts??

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