I don't understand why the fanboys are taking Fred and Paul's side. Fred and Paul arguably aren't even capable of providing a new Star Control game based on their body of work over the last two decades (exclusively developing mediocre money grab games). Fred and Paul have done nothing to prove a real intent to make a new game (they could have found a way to make a new Star Control if they wanted to, fanboys need to stop giving them unlimited benefit of the doubt that somehow these rich, powerful game developers were prevented from creating a sequel they really wanted to make <laugh> for a quarter of a century - simple truth is Paul and Fred want to make games that will make money with little to no risk).
People in general are just not that rational. They think Major/Head developers represent the product itself, and everything that ever went right with it. This simply isn't true, but even if it were, people change over time, so someone who produced a stellar work 20 years ago, can't necessarily produce an equally stellar one today, or even necessarily back then.
While the reasons for this are many and varied, the point remains that people's lack of rationale leads them to think attacking such people is the same as attacking their beloved games, and/or harms them in some way. Not to mention, fans often think they owe these people for making the game, which might have merit if said game were freeware. It doesn't matter that they payed money and possibly due respects, they feel indebted, because people are not rational enough to see why they are not.
Understanding the limits of human sentience makes it easy to see. It is based on these same limits that I drop the e from the back of Reich's name and don't mention the other guy's name.
The bolded part is why I feel you don't understand the argument that I'm trying to make. The argument that I've made all along and am continuing to make is that brutal, drawn out litigation will split the fanbase. People here on Stardock's own forums are getting mainly Stardock's representation of the story and the facts and many of them, like you, are accepting them as the whole, incontestable truth and just are not considering any arguments in the other direction. If you go to a different forum like, for example, this one that's been active for many years:
Alright, I want to be CRYSTAL CLEAR, not ALL of us are ONLY seeing Stardock's side of the story. Before viewing this thread, I actually watched Leonard French's 2 videos on this very case. He laid out both sides objectively and said little other than Stardock tried to work with Reich and the other, that Reich and whoever refused because they had their own ideas, and that the case was complicated.
But his commentary aside, the sides went as follows:
-Tries to work with Reich and his pal for over 3 years
-Gets told to fuck off over and over
-Decides to enforce Trademark since Reich and his other manchild buddy spent over 3 years being stubborn assholes. (I suspect that legal stuff is why the official reason differs, though FWIW it is MUCH easier to emphasize with this than the official reason)
Reich and Manchild #2:
-Yeah they tried to work with us, but we asked them nicely not to.
-MINE MINE MEIN!!!! NO COPYRIGHT FOR YOU!!!!!
So yeah, their side of the argument naturally didn't help them in my eyes. And frankly, I personally DO NOT CARE who has the right to sell SC1 and 2. Wanna guess why? Because MY concern is with copyright Fascists like Reich limiting products that the consumer can, well....consume.....I'm NOT okay with that. Reich and that other guy have SAT ON STAR CONTROL FOR FUCKING YEARS, they have done NOTHING with it until Stardock started producing SCO.
Explain/defend that. Why is it okay for them to sit on a franchise for decades, then act like Copyright Facsists when someone else steps up to the plate, announcing their own game to save face, that they probably won't finish anyway since they only announced it so that they wouldn't look so bad?
And speaking of the UQM forums, I did used to post there. There was constant anticipation and interviews with Reich and that other guy, and guess what? No announcements ever came. The community leaned on them constantly, and has done so for over 10 years (and I would know because I was on those forums that long ago), and they never did anything. They never wanted to. Fuck their rights as Copyright holders, I hope the judge revokes it.
People shouldn't be allowed to hold a copyright if they NEVER produce anything with it, that harms the consumer and NONE of us should be okay with that.