June 19, 1996 - Chicago, IL USA
VISCORP VALUES THE AMIGA
In the months ahead, VIScorp will be making substantial improvements to the Amiga system
architecture, including both the hardware design and the operating system software. These
advanced new systems will be developed not only for our upcoming Set Top Boxes, but also for
future Amiga Desk Top Computers. VIScorp is investing considerable
resources into engineering these improvements.
One of the primary objectives of VIScorp's business plan is to develop,
manufacture, market, and sell Amiga Desk Top Computer Systems.
Many of the above improvements require an in-depth knowledge of specialty markets and
technologies. Because of this, VIScorp made the decision
in May 1996 to form an Architectural Design Group consisting of a small number of highly
qualified Amiga experts. While this group is still in its early formation stage, we intend it to
oversee and resolve the numerous suggestions and enhancements that must be addressed for the
long term success of the Amiga.
As stated above, VIScorp will research and develop
valuable enhancements to the architecture and technology of the Amiga, resulting in a wide
range of next generation, price competitive computer products.
There are, however, situations in which it makes sense for VIScorp to license Amiga related
technology to qualified companies whose business objectives are consistent with VIScorp's long
range plan. Such agreements may include binary, ROM, and documentation licenses for the
distribution of Amiga OS upgrades, hardware and software system licenses for specialty
markets, and possibly source code co-development licenses to help expand the Amiga and its
feature set into the next decade.
Property Rights Infringement
It has come to our attention that several companies plan to build their own "compatible" or
"extended" versions of the Amiga without obtaining the proper licensing from VIScorp. These
companies will be placing themselves at legal risk, because their systems will undoubtedly
infringe on Amiga intellectual property rights, including copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.
In addition, we have recently become aware that versions of the Amiga System ROMs are being reproduced and
distributed without proper licensing. This is a violation of international copyright law, and
VIScorp will prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law.
Realize that VIScorp is purchasing Amiga Technologies at great expense for ownership of
precisely the above property rights and considers them a fundamental asset of the company. As
such, VIScorp intends to aggressively defend its position as the owner of the Amiga and its
related technologies. Companies that choose to violate the law are well advised to consider
the easier and less costly path of obtaining a license.
If you have important comments regarding the above statement,
please send us email, using a subject line of "We Value Amiga".
Your mail will be read carefully, but please realize that we
cannot directly respond to all mail.
Last Update: 08/04/2006