Castle conference transcript onlineBy Chris Williams. Published: 4th Jul 2004, 22:45:24 | Permalink | Printable
From the horse's mouthLast month, as you may all recall, Castle held a press conference concerning their dispute with RISCOS Ltd. Published today on drobe.co.uk is a transcript of that meeting, for your information. The document was provided by a source other than Castle, who have also promised a transcript of the conference.
The dispute kicked off when Castle (now owners of RISC OS, after purchasing it from Pace Micro) admitted that they had terminated RISCOS Ltd.'s licence to develop and sell RISC OS 4, whilst RISC OS 4 sub-licencees and Castle competitors like STD and VirtualAcorn announced that they had halted their product lines. RISCOS Ltd. have refuted Castle's allegations that they have breached their licence with the owners of RISC OS, and have continued to ship copies of Adjust and Select.
Products such as VirtualRiscPC and the A75 are currently frozen until the dispute is settled, as (almost conveniently) Castle say they can't licence RISC OS 4 to anyone because RISCOS Ltd. own parts of it - although they are offering RISC OS 3.7, an "early version" of 4, and 5 to anyone with a cheque book.
In our view, the outcome of the dispute can't be assumed or speculated until the licences and contracts involved are examined independently. Plus, the stakes are now so high that each side of the dispute cannot afford to be wrong.
Transcript of the Castle press conference
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