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VonMeyer

Waiting for Forgotten Hope 2

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#1 16 years ago

WTF IS THIS BS YOU BE POSTING. Imo this is the stupidest joke i have ever seen.

Bad News For Battlefield Community

French coders LoneShark have won an injunction against major software publishers Electronic Arts, over copyright issues contained within the net code of EA's hit release Battlefield 1942. EA, and BF1942 developers Dice have been ruled by the US high court to be in breach of copyright of the patented 'netstay4' technology used within the game.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Marc LaBelle, CEO of LoneShark, had asked the US courts to withdraw copies of BF1942 because of unpaid royalties for the use of their newly developed 'Netstay4' code. LoneShark, based in Paris, sells use of its code to games developers for inclusion in multiplayer internet games, which are becoming more and more popular among PC gamers. The code is used only to ensure stability between the server and the player and is not an integral part of the game itself. EA hired the technology last June whilst developers Dice were busy writing the gameplay. LoneShark received an initial payment for use of the code last August, shortly before the game was released in the US. Since then 2 of the 4 annual payments to LoneShark have failed to materialise. Larry Probst, CEO of Electronic Arts, stated that a full contract between LoneShark and EA had still not been successfully drawn up, despite regular attempts to negotiate an appropriate amount of the gross royalties. Marc LaBelle countered this with evidence of an interim contract devised by Probst himself, which is legally binding until a full contract is resolved. EA had previously claimed that the amounts specified within the interim contract had mistakenly been quoted in USD instead of the agreed Euro's, resulting in a potential loss of $270,000 per quarter for EA.

Judge Callum Rosenthal-Ling ruled yesterday in favour of LoneShark and ordered that until a successful resolution between the two companies was met, all copies of the game should be withdrawn from retail outlets, as well as a ban on usage of the Netstay4 code by 00.00hrs (EST) on Friday 5th April.

To the end user this could cause considerable disruption as it is estimated that of the gamers who have bought this title in the US, 66% play it online. The ruling allows LoneShark to insist that EA contact all servers running BF1942 forcing them to cease hosting the game until matters are resolved. As the copyright violation is indiscriminate of region, this will affect server hosts and gamers worldwide. LoneShark will prosecute any server hosts attempting to breach this order under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). In a conference at EA's offices in Redwood C.A. last night, EA's public relations officer April Furst said 'Electronic Arts is dedicated to resolving this matter as soon as possible and apologises to all of our loyal customers for the inconvenience this will cause. EA strives to be the worlds best in its field and we hope to be able to count on the support of the gaming community in this matter.' When asked for a likely resolution date Ms. Furst responded 'As yet we cannot confirm a firm date for this resolution, as we are still considering an appeal. We fully expect the problem to solved within six or seven months at a maximum, but it may be quicker.' To the question of whether consumers would be offered a refund she added 'Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund to consumers, as the main role of the game is undertaken offline in single player mode. Customers will note this within the license agreement that needs to be accepted in order to install the game.' LoneShark have issued an open letter to gamers, which was read on last nights edition of NBC's TechTalk, in which they stated 'Being gamers ourselves LoneShark are genuinely sorry that this action has been necessary, but EA have neglected to honor a contract that was extremely important to maintain the continuing growth of LoneShark FR. We are a small, but growing company and will not be bullied by the likes of EA.'

It is reported that EA recently tried to secretly remove the Netcode4 software in a patch. This itself was a breach of contract, and resulted in EA releasing another patch (1.3.1) to counter their ill judgement.




::BR::The Baron

I'm too cool to Post

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#2 16 years ago

Just for those of you who seem to have 'had a sense of humour bypass operation' Noodle did not write this article, I did...so stop havin a go at him!! The post appears on my clan and community webite www.gamersanctuary.co.uk and Noodle was kind enough to post it here for me as well. FYI the joke seemed to go down much better with the British...so lighten up!!

P.S. Thanks to those who took it in the spirit that was intended!!




Go Postal!

The Internet ends at GF

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2nd February 2003

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#3 16 years ago

Americans and Germans are not reputed for their sense of humour...................




Soviet

GF makes me horny

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27th February 2003

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#4 16 years ago

What about the Russians(I don't think they have BF there...)?




::BR::The Baron

I'm too cool to Post

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#5 16 years ago

You got some balls von meyer!!! the word hypocrite springs to mind after that poor attempt at a joke you posted!




sidsel

GF makes me horny

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#6 16 years ago

I am British and loved it. Nice one. Laters.




[AUA] O'Neill

GF makes me horny

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#7 16 years ago

I hope DC 0.3 is not an April's Fools day joke......I really believed it and looking forward to it..:mad: :D




Zab

BROtastic

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#8 16 years ago

omg, if dc3 was a joke...well let's not go there. :mad::furious: how do you think of this? What will you think of next von meyer?..