Our hobby in The New York Times -- sort of

From: Eric Smith <eric_at_brouhaha.com>
Date: Mon Dec 20 16:01:49 2004

> Tulip owns the Commodore trademarks and IP. I can't say for sure if they
> own the designs for the 6510

It doesn't really matter, as no one building a product today would use
any portion of the original 6510 design that is subject to intellectual
property protection. The DTV 64-in-a-joystick, for instance, uses a
new 6510-compatible HDL implementation.

AFAIK, the only part of the original 6510 design that would be subject
to intellectual property protection now would be the actual mask designs,
which might (or might not) be copyrighted. No one in their right mind
would try to make new 3 micron NMOS processors today, and the mask designs
are not relevant to new redesigns.
Received on Mon Dec 20 2004 - 16:01:49 GMT

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