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From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Melbourne House games now free for distribution
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Mon Nov 25 18:30:44 1996

From: Fredrik Ekman 
Date: 18 Aug 1996 18:00:40 +0200

In case anyone still cares about copyrights for old games, I would like
to forward a message I just got from Beam Software. Beam has the rights
to all the games distributed by Melbourne House in the 80's. In the US,
some of the Beam games, such as The Hobbit, were distributed by

This came by as a result of an interview I have been making with
Philip Mitchell regarding his text adventure series based on Tolkien's
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. The interview will be
published in a future issue of Other Hands. Contact me or watch
comp.sys.sinclair for upcoming announcement if you are interested in the

Anyway, i quote Mr. Mitchell's message:

"After discussion with the company directors I am glad to be able to say
that Beam has officially sanctioned electronic distribution of it's old
Spectrum and C64 (and Oric, BBC, Amstrad etc) games - provided that such
distribution is non-profit only. Please keep in mind that on some titles
(e.g. The Hobbit) there are other parties who have a vested interest in the
title and strictly speaking you would also need their permission."

If you want to confirm this, you can contact Beam through their Web site:

Michael Current, 8-Bit Atari FAQ & Vendor/Developer Lists maintainer
   User groups: CAIN, SPACE, NWPAC /

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