From: CreaMD / Dmagic (creamd_at_c64.sk)
Date: 2004-06-18 12:13:41
Hi Ruud, I saw you on the conference, very sympathetic speech, I was almost sorry for you that you had to be there when there were those me-too presentations of Tulip new C= products., thanx for finally explaining what is behind the C64 joystick. It's much more than I have ever expected. That sounds quite positive. Can I republish your e-mail or part of your e-mail at www.c64.sk? If so, could you write me personal e-mail with edit info? (email@example.com) Question is how will they produce new SID's? Another question which is just discussed at lemon64.com is that games they offer are cracked, (and probably will be- or will have to be cracked in future for the pulbishing at their site). thanx in advance, Roman Baltissen, GJPAA (Ruud) wrote: >Hallo allemaal, > > >As some of you already know, yesterday the new Commodore presented itself to >the world. I was invited as well to speak to the community as one of the >users. I felt awfull when on stage :( > > >Most important thing: I have spoken with the top of Tulip and Commodore, >four men. One thing we have discussed are the sites like FUNET and ARNOLD, >sites that archive ROMs and games. Regarding the games, utilities and other >non-system-ROMs they were clear: they considered that as there legal >property and as they wanted to make money with it, they would protect these >rights. And with reason, see later. > >Personal point of view: I understand completely and accept it. (But I cannot >say I like it). > > >The system-ROMs are another matter. They realise that the C= community is as >it is nowadays, thanks to you guys and the information that is available >worldwide. Three of the four agree that there has to be made an arrangement >or whatever where both parties, Commodore and we developers, could live >with. I spoke with the fourth guy, one of the original Tulip-guys and merely >money orientated, and showed him things the community had developed on their >own the last ten years: Retro Replay, X1541, IDE64, 64HDD and.... Marko's >CD. He was impressed and would think things over. But don't blame him as a >person, he is a nice guy IMHO, but one that has to run a bussines. > >A small problem is that they want to sell or include an emulator with one of >their products. But they realise that the community as it is now probably is >not waiting for their emulator as there are some very good ones available >for free. With this emulator they have a reason to forbid publishing >systemROMs as wel but..... > > >I spoke with Darren Melbourne, the man behind Ironstone, as well. Ironstone >is responsible for the C64-joystick C= will start to sell around >october/november. I, of course, asked him about the hardware. >The bad news: it will a single chip ASIC. I only forgot to ask him if the >ROM with OS and games were inside the ASIC or apart. >The good news: I know about who is behind the development of this C64 and >therefor we can expect quite some suprises: >- The new C64 will have at least 265 colours >- It will have higher resolutions >- It will have two SID's onboard >- The ASIC runs on 27 MHz. I hardly can imagine it needs 27 cycles to >emulate one of the original C64. >- I asked Darren if there are plans to produce a big C64 based on this >print. So he revealed that, although it resembles a joystick, all >connections of the normal ports are available in the form of pads. So one >could solder his own expansionport, userport or whatever to this stick. >- Regarding the extra features: they want to publish the memorymap and other >technical details so programmers are able to develop new games etc. for this >new C64. > >The disclaimer: The above info is given by me as it was told me. I'm only >human and I could have understood some things wrong. Etc., etc., etc. > >About the person: Darren doesn't mind to tell me who it is but the person >self does because of a personal reason. > > >This C64-joystick is the reason they want to protect their legal rights >about the games. But they also want to stimulate the old community to >develop programs for this new C64, the community that has thrived on the >availability of ROMs and other information. And you won't be making friends >by taking away that where those friends are thriving on :) > > >Another point is the makers of hardware like Maurice Randall but also people >like Markus Brenner and the Czechs who produce the IDE64. Particulary those >who produce hardware that is to be connected to the userport or >expansionport. I didn't realise it but these ports are intellectual >properties of Commodore as well. So actually anyone building hardware for >these ports has to pay C= a fee as well. >Regarding Maurice, he bought the stuff from CMD and Tulip/Commodore doesn't >know what agreement CMD had with the original C=. >Regarding others: three of the four agreed that as long as no big money is >involved, they leave the situation as it is. >I mentioned the above in my speach and the fourth guy told me he started to >realise that actions against these people would loose them a lot of sympathy >of the old community as well. > >The fact is: Commodore/Tulip thrives on the fact that the name Commodore is >know worlwide and on the sympathy created (merely) by the C64. So they want >to avoid any action that will loose this precious sympathy. But they have a >bussiness to run so some things are unavoidable. > >So: >- sites publishing games and related software owned by Commodore have to >remove it. >- sites publishing kernals/systemROMs are tolerated for the moment . >- producers of hardware are tolerated as long as there is not really big >money involved for the moment . > > >Rereading the above I may sound a bit pro-Tulip but it is a fact that they >have the law on their side. Yesterday I used this example: imagine you >inherit a fruitgarden with apples and pears, which has been left alone for >ten years. Because nobody cared, the neighbouhood got used to pick their own >fruit every autumn. >You as the new owner, are only interested in the apples as the pears have no >real commercial value for you. So you can leave them hanging to rot or.... >tell the neighbourhood generously to help themself with the pears as you >don't have a really need for them for the moment . >As you have the law on your side, most people will accept the situation. But >what are you going to do with people that still pick (thus steal) your >apples as well? > > notice the "for the moment". Lets face it, things can change in the >future. But I have been there and I left with a good feeling. > > >And now you can shoot..... > > >-- > ___ > / __|__ > / / |_/ Groetjes, Ruud > \ \__|_\ > \___| URL: Ruud.C64.org > > > > > > > > > >=====DISCLAIMER================================================================= > >De informatie in dit e-mailbericht is vertrouwelijk en uitsluitend bestemd voor de geadresseerde. Wanneer u dit bericht per abuis ontvangt, verzoeken wij u contact op te nemen met de afzender per kerende e-mail. 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