Sales of the Connectix Playstation emulator have been blocked by a US court, in a case which could set a precedent for other software emulators.
Sony Computer Entertainment won a court order in San Francisco to stop Connectix from selling its Virtual Game Station emulator, which enables consumers to play Playstation games on an Apple Mac.
In granting a preliminary injunction against Connectix, the court ruled that the company had infringed on Sony's intellectual copyrights and diluted Sony's trademarks.
The court also said that Connectix had copied the Playstation Bios to develop the software emulator. Connectix was ordered to immediately halt the development of all products based on Sony's Bios and surrender to the court all derivative works.
Connectix claims that it legally reverse engineered the Sony Playstation Bios and is planning to appeal against the court ruling. It also said that it will go ahead with developing a Windows based Playstation emulator.
Connectix agreed to temporarily suspend current shipments of the Virtual Game Station in compliance with the court, but said that the order does not apply to the units already shipped or currently in stores.
"This is just the first stage of a lengthy process of discovery of facts and finding of law. We are confident that we will be able to resume shipments once this matter has received further review at the appellate level," stated Roy McDonald, president of Connectix. "Early customer response to the new Version 1.2 has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are looking forward to resuming our shipments in the near future."
Sony is also in court wrangles with Bleem, which recently started shipping a Playstation emulator for Pentium based PCs.
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