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Chicago, IL USA
June 19, 1996
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
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
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
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. E-mail should be directed to