If the supposed copyright holders don't know if they do, in fact, hold a copyright, is it enforceable? Could the development just go ahead and deal with any C&D and the like by just saying "We asked and they didn't say no. They said 'Huh... we don't know!'."? Can a copyright holder sue after the fact if it admitted it doesn't know if it's his?
Yes*, yes**, and yes.
* they would have to demonstrate in court, if it got that far, that they do in fact hold the copyright
** they could say that, but it probably wouldn't do them much good. In fact it might even expose them to willful infringement charges since they knew there could be a copyright issue. I don't know about that though, just speculating.
They're leaving money on the table, though. There are a lot of people (like myself) who have little or no interest in almost all new games for various reasons, but would be happy to pay cash money to get classic games that work well on newer systems.
It's kind of a catch-22. If it's not a big enough market to bother serving, why is it worth spending money on lawyers over? If it is a substantial market, why is it not worth putting out some minimal effort to capture it? It's almost like big media executives are stupid.
It's not that they didn't care about the game, they likely just saw this as an easy way to kill off any potential competition it might have posed for their current titles, with a minimum amount of effort on their part.
And there, in a nutshell, you see what intellectual property has become.
I didn't understand it all, but in the OAM story I saw mention of a 32GBps wireless link. That was only 2.5 meters, but even if it ends up being just a small fraction of that speed at long distances, it would still be a huge improvement.
the app now simply ignores that second setting and shows ads as notifications if any notifications are enabled.
As soon as I saw one, I would long press the notification and disallow that app from creating notifications. Nothing Kindle wants to tell me about is important enough to put up with ads in my notifications.
That's one of the problems they're intended to solve, but in the US at least they generally do not. Patent applications are now strictly legal documents, and are not useful at all in describing how to reproduce the invention. There are cases (I would guess it's very common) where the person who made the invention doesn't recognize or understand the patent application.
So if you look at what Ninja said: "I'd say the current intellectual property system as a whole needs to go..." it makes perfect sense.