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Can someone translate the post from the company on that forum so we know what we're dealing with? smile

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Originally Posted By R. Belmont
Can someone translate the post from the company on that forum so we know what we're dealing with? smile

Ok, here's an automatic (but not so bad) Google translation:

"
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have followed with interest this post and am delighted with the still very active and creative chess community.

However, I am obliged to protect the rights of our company. The transfer or release of "ROMs" the Mephisto chess computer is generally not allowed. The copyright has the Saitek formerly Hegener GmbH & Glaser AG.

However, I would not for now wield the legal hammer but call for a responsible approach. In our age of Internet, control of it is utopian anyway.

In its present form, I don't see (yet) a threat to our economic interests. In addition, there are no financial intentions apparent for the author of the emulation software and also in sharing . But please understand this is not a blank check.

If this state should change, we will use all legal means at our disposal to protect our investment.

A wish yet: Please remove the links to the public Mephisto ROMs

Yours sincerely,
Mark Kenstler
Product Manager
Saitek Elektronik Vertriebs GmbH, Landsberger Str 400, 81241 München
"

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I've just seen that this Google translation was NOT as good as I thought at first, so I have corrected a few wrong things.

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I seem to notice that there is no request to remove emulation of the systems, but only the links to the ROMs (which is absolutely right to ask for if you are the right owner and you don't want the files to be publicly available)

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Agreed. I'd like to see a native speaker go over that but it definitely sounds like they don't care about the driver itself.

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Originally Posted By etabeta78
I seem to notice that there is no request to remove emulation of the systems, but only the links to the ROMs

Correct, and such a request for the emulators won't be possible at all: it's definitely not forbidden to write an emulator for whatever program/system you want, as long as you don't use any original code.

And so removing the Vancouver emulation from the Mess-SVN a few days ago is absolutely incomprehensible for me!

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Originally Posted By R. Belmont
I'd like to see a native speaker go over that but it definitely sounds like they don't care about the driver itself.

Well, I am a native speaker (at least if you mean for German) ... ;-)

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Originally Posted By fhub
Originally Posted By etabeta78
I seem to notice that there is no request to remove emulation of the systems, but only the links to the ROMs

Correct, and such a request for the emulators won't be possible at all: it's definitely not forbidden to write an emulator for whatever program/system you want, as long as you don't use any original code.

And so removing the Vancouver emulation from the Mess-SVN a few days ago is absolutely incomprehensible for me!


Indeed. I see no threat against the actual emulation there, nor is there any grounds for one. They have every right to request the site don't host their roms however.

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Originally Posted By fhub
Well, I am a native speaker (at least if you mean for German) ... ;-)


Ahh, ok, I didn't know smile But yeah, Haze is right, we can definitely put the driver back in. Micko?

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I vote yes, thing is only I would like that developer also confirm us (due to license we do not need to ask, but it is nice to do that).

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Hi Micko,

if you really include the Vancouver driver again, then please also fix the problem with mm5/mm50 which I've described yesterday here:
http://www.bannister.org/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=65134&page=2

Thanks in advance,
Franz

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