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Legal dispute: a Statement by Hyperion and an open letter from two developers
At the end of 2016, Amiga Inc.'s US registration of the "Amiga" trademark expired, which ultimately led to Hyperion and Cloanto competing for various Amiga marks on two different continents. The conflict resulted in Cloanto suing Hyperion in the US for trademark infringement and copyright violations recently.

Hyperion now reacts to the lawsuit becoming public with a press release, expressing regret that Cloanto decided to go that way, forcing Hyperion to "once again redirect substantial resources away from development to litigation" and claiming to be "perplexed" by Cloantos litigation, given that the Italian Company distributed AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition "for many months". Hyperion states it still maintains that all their actions are covered by their settlement agreement with Amiga, Inc.

Meanwhile, Thomas 'Thor' Richter and Olaf 'Olsen' Barthel, who are working on a recently announced update to AmigaOS 3.1 on behalf of Hyperion, released an open letter addressing both parties. On behalf of "your fellow Amiga community", they're aksing both companies to rethink their strategies, since it does irreparable harm to their biggest assets - the enthusiastic Amiga fans:

Open Letter to Cloanto Italy SRL Udine,
and Hyperion Entertainment CVBA, Brussels

Fellow Amiga copyright owners and licence holders,

we recently became aware of another lawsuit concerning potential trademark and copyright violations between your two companies, and we are distressed to witness another round of legal action in the aftermath of the Amiga’s slow decline as a business. It is understood that both of you want to protect your assets and secure your corresponding business models, but at what cost?

May we invite you, however, to take a step back as we provide our analysis of what establishes your assets? While you may be certain that you have control over the Amiga trademarks, the AmigaOS source code, the ROM images and the contents of the Workbench disks, these assets only establish the respective legal and technical grounds on which you can run your businesses.

The reason why your companies are able to do Amiga-business is due to us, the users, the fans, the software and hardware developers and Amiga experts - the few who are still around and who keep driving the system, by buying your products, by developing software and hardware in our own spare time, by providing support in our spare time, and by keeping the community alive. Your products, copyrights and trademarks would be void if it were not for the countless people who support a product which, from a purely technical perspective, has long lost its shine and appeal.

We, the users, developers and fans, are also your customers. And as such, we are very concerned to witness how you invest time and effort into lawsuits, which would be much better spent on your users and your products. The market is still sufficiently diverse to support more than one company caring for the Amiga, but this would call for coexistance rather than a prolonged struggle for control. From the very beginning, “Amiga” stood for creativity and passion, but always in conjunction with both a wonderful machine and a fascinating operating system. These issues never had to be settled in court.

We kindly ask you to consider the ramifications of each party having just enough legal leverage to frustrate the other party’s means to conduct its Amiga-business. The resulting stalemate has repercussions beyond this legal stand-off. The goodwill and the passion which sustain the Amiga are not bottomless. We are weary of having to witness how the results of our efforts, the countless hours of spare time we devoted, are diverted into lawsuits rather than productive work.

We would ask of you to find the common ground which allows the both of you to do Amiga-business and not step on each other’s toes. You share more than what currently brings you into conflict, you certainly share the need for a sustainable Amiga market and the community which enables it.

Your fellow Amiga Community (cg) (Translation: cg)

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PDF magazine: REV'n'GE 81 (Italian/English)
The PDF magazine REV'n'GE ("Retro Emulator Vision and Game") is available in Italian as well as in an English-language translation. REV'n'GE compares and reviews games on vintage computers.

Among others the latest issue includes articles about the Amiga games "Mega Phoenix", "Santa's Xmas Caper", "Xmas Lemmings 1991" and the demo maker "Demo Maniac V1.17".

Download sites:
English (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Game: The Dream of Rowan (Update)
After a developmental period of two years, the AMOS game "The Dream of Rowan" financed by crowdfunding is available as digital download. The disk version already is sold out.

The jump'n'run game for ECS-Amigas equipped with 2 MB Chip-RAM requires a 68030 processor with at least 16 MHz as well as a harddrive.

Update: (10:37, 04.01.17, snx)
As the developers rectify, the game has been paid by themselves since the crowdfunding campaign did not succeed. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 30.12.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until December 30th, 2017:
dizzytorrent1.0b5.lha    comm/tcp   1.8M  68k Amiga 68k BitTorrent client
gopher.lha               comm/tcp   27K   68k Gopher client for AmiTCP
gcc-mos2wos.lha          dev/gcc    4.6M  MOS Make MorphOS GCC output WarpO...
ElseWeGetMad.lha         game/2play 1.2M  68k new fight Amiga game for 1 or...
ARLB.lha                 game/race  2.5M  MOS Show AmigaRacer highscores in...
CustJo2Songs.lha         mods/cust  12K       2 Modules composed by Jesper ...
CustJoAcon.lha           mods/cust  12K       A Module composed by Jesper O...
CustJoScrooge.lha        mods/cust  12K       A Module composed by Jesper O...          mods/kicko 1.2M      Backup of my hdrec and TnF tunes
DeliTracker234.lha       mus/play   39K   68k module player, minor update
AmiTimeKeeper.i386-ar... util/cdity 103K  x86 Keep your time right
pixman_lib.lha           util/libs  294K  OS4 Pixman-1 as an AmigaOS shared...
tzdev.lha                util/time  691K      Time Zone Database and Librar...
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 30.12.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until December 30th, 2017:
amos2ascii.lha           dev/lan 60kb  4.1 Convert AMOS token files to ASCII
amosextension2ascii.lha  dev/uti 60kb  4.1 This command designed to extract...
pixman_lib.lha           lib/gra 294kb 4.0 Pixman-1 as an AmigaOS shared li...
amosextension.library... lib/mis 376kb 4.1 AmosExtension.library load AMOS ...
mplayer-mickjt.lha       vid/pla 28Mb  4.1 A powerful multimedia video and ...
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MorphOS-Storage-Uploads until 30.12.2017
The following archives have been added to the MorphOS Storage until December 30th, 2017:
Envy24HT_5.15.lha         Audio/Drivers             Binary for Envy24HT AHI...
BeebAsm_1.08.lha          Development/Cross         Assembler with BBC Micr...
mos2wos_0.2.lha           Development/GCC           Make MorphOS GCC output...
HWP_XAD_1.0.lha           Development/Hollywood/... Hollywood plugin for xa...
HWP_ZIP_1.0.lha           Development/Hollywood/... Read and write ZIP arch...
Vim_8.0.1422-src.lha      Development/Sources       A highly configurable t...
AmiArcadia_24.66.lha      Emulation                 A Signetics-based machi...
UAEmremover_1.2.lha       Emulation                 Remove junk files creat...
Vim_8.0.1422.lha          Files/Editor              A highly configurable t...
MCE_10.09.lha             Games/Editor              Multi-game Character Ed...
StoWaSta_0.8.lha          Games/Misc                A stop watch software. 
AmigaRacerLeaderBoard_... Games/Race                Show AmigaRacer highsco...     Games/Shoot 2D            A vertical scrolling Sh...
CrispyDoom_4.3.lha        Games/Shoot 3D            Crispy Doom is a limit-...
PushOver_0.0.5.lha        Games/Think               Port of PushOver 0.0.5 ...
SlotMachineSAGA_WArMUp... Games/Think               A slot machine game to ...
GrafX2_2.5_WIP.lha        Graphics/Draw             A quick compilation of ...
SacrificioPagano_1.30.lha Misc                      A special app to people...
RNOWidgets_1.1.lha        System/Ambient/Commodi... Desktop widgets applica...
AutoVisible_1.2.lha       System/Ambient/Screenb... All sbars visible on Au...
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WHDLoad: New installers until 30.12.2017
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups to your harddisk that were only working from floppy disks previously. The following installer has been added until December 30th, 2017: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Upcoming games: Alco-Copter (demo) and Green Beret (video)
In Alco-Copter developed by "Flashtro" you have to control a little helicopter. Now a playable demo version with six levels is available. The game requires 1 MB Chip-RAM.

Another developer team called "Megastyle" currently is working on its first Amiga game: Green Beret (Youtube video) is supposed to become a port of the same-titled C64 classic game. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Retro arcade action: Roadtrip and Quasarius
On his website Rafael Lima has released ports of two classic arcade games: In Roadtrip written in only 12 days you have to find your way to the exit in time and to avoid vehicles and obstacles. Quasarius is a Space-Invaders clone.

Roadtrip requires 1 MB RAM. On computers equipped with OCS chipset it can cause graphic errors. Users of emulators should enable cycle-accurate emulation. Quasarius runs on every Amiga with at least 512 Kilobyte RAM. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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