I have been sent a cease and desist request from a Steve Cohen. He is claiming he owns the copywrite on the Wizztronics 256k memory upgrade boards for Atari 800XLs and that he has licensed the rights to an unnamed third party. He is demanding I discontinue offering my reimaged boards for sale immediately.
While I have no way to know if this is true, it doesn’t matter. I am in no position financially to resist. I have taken the product from my website. I will still offer the memory chips necessary to actually upgrade the memory until my stock is exhausted. Also I will offer the additional three chips necessary to upgrade the version of the board for the newer Antic to work with the older Antic (CO12296) until the stock is exhausted.
I wish I could say I made any money on this, but I didn’t. The items did not sell very well. I still have 75% of the boards made. Still it wasn’t my intention to make money anyway. From all appearances this board appeared to be abandonware. I didn’t want it to only be available to a few collectors and a museum or two.
This Steve Cohen should get with this third party he claims has licensed the rights and find out why the product is not being actively produced and supported. The only other place I ever found original boards was Best Electronics. This was about five years ago now. At that time I was told I had purchased the last one in stock and the owner did not expect to recieve any more stock as the item was no longer being made. This may have changed, but I don’t see the item on Best website for sale.