Originally Posted by eXeler0
Are we few , we who think people over-estimate how much this is worth? I can easily see lawyer fees - by far - exceed the money that can be collected from the community or some loner doing some hobby project for no profit.. a nische hobby market. Don't expect Robert Kardashian - style lawyers in such a case.
And who exactly are they going to sue after untangling this legal "ball of yarn" mess?
It's not like they could target a big company to bring home some serious cash.
The lawyer you hire for this case is that guy that failed law school and can be paid in food coupons and free coffee :-)
The cost of actual legal action vs the potential pay off is probably why someone would resort to premature threats rather than going through the whole procedure of first acquiring a product with messy legal status the proceed with the law suit...
In a way, all this is actually somewhat amusing to witness..
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do not underestimate how even threatening can help. Jens S. has a long history to talk down any possible hobby competition and who wants to get in legal trouble just for hobby when there is nothing to earn. Of course that does not work for Vampire or FPGA Arcade f.e. but it can work for small projects, mostly only one person behind. Do not forget, he is earning money on the small market and gets under pressure now because being both very expensive and having only uncompetitive hardware. Vampire will become available on big hardware too for sure and then (latest) most of his hardware will become obsolete.