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Sony Loses Legal Baffle on 'Virtual PlayStation'

Magazine article Marketing

Sony Loses Legal Baffle on 'Virtual PlayStation'

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Sony has failed in its bid to stop a US software company from producing CDs that convert home computers into PlayStation platforms. The decision has cleared the way for the product to be marketed in the UK.

The cut-price software can now be legally supplied to consumers for $29.99 ([pounds]19) after a US Court of Appeal ruling last week. The Virtual Game Station, produced by Connectix, allows PlayStation games to be run on Apple computers, including the iMac. A PC version will be launched later this month.

Connectix won an appeal against an injunction last year on sales of the Virtual Game Station (Marketing, January 14,1999).The Court of Appeal ruled that the Virtual Game Station does not infringe Sony's copyrighted material.

The ruling also states:"Sony understandably seeks control over the market for devices that play games which Sony produces or licenses. The copyright law, however, does not confer such a monopoly."

The ruling means that UK consumers can buy the software for [pounds]40, including delivery, a saving of [pounds]30 on the price of a PlayStation.

Connectix is considering launching a UK version of the product, which would reduce the cost even further for UK consumers. …

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