did you know about the venetian blinds demo?
activision was formed by ex-atari programmers who were unsatisfied with the company. they quickly started making games for the 2600 much better than atari was putting out. so atari sued claiming they had stolen programming knowledge such as the "venetian blinds" technique (second picture) for having previously worked there. david crane showed up to court with the demo and asked "oh you mean this?"
atari lost the lawsuit
what absolutely kills me is that activision included their logo in the corner of this demo just like they did in their retail games
a logo like that isn't exactly trivial to draw on the atari 2600
fortunately, a lot of corporate lawyers (many of them Microsoft's!) have since educated judges on how all software belongs to them if they've ever seen it, written code like it, written code SORT of like it, or written code, uh, ever.
so those trials go way differently now! ^_^ O_O -_- ;_;
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