View Full Version : [Resolved] Use of Computer Brand

Jun 25, 2013, 09:58 PM
Hi Guys,

The brand "Amiga" is currently owned by a company other than Commodore
who went bust years ago:

I know this isn't the right place for legal advice,
so I'll word my question carefully, and just ask for thoughts/ideas,
and won't act on advice from here.

With that in mind, There are tons of apps in the App Store that not only
use the word "Amiga", but many other computers names as well.
In the case of Amiga, it's usually a native iOS port of an old game,
or a nostalgic reproduction of some unique Amiga quirk.

My question is really, Can a company stop me from calling an Amiga, an Amiga?
I really don't understand.
Amiga might be a niche, but just search the App Store for "Playstation".
Are they all acting unlawfully?

Cheers, Art.

Jun 26, 2013, 06:54 PM
I have been asking around and heard an interesting story:

There was once a PlayStation emulator call BLEEM!, which was so good that Sony objected to its distribution because they feared it would be bought in preference to their PlayStation console.

It contained no copyrighted material, and so Sony couldn't really prosecute to prevent its distribution. In the end, they bought the rights to the BLEEM! emulator themselves and then just sat on it.

Interestingly, at no point in the story did Sony object to BLEEM! being described as a PlayStation emulator

Regardless, I now have a licensing requirement to include the words
"Amiga Forever" in an intro screen, so it's settled for me.