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The Stardock Forums reproduce a DMCA takedown notice submitted by Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford against Star Control: Origins, which results in the space strategy game no longer being sold on Steam or GOG.com. Ford and Reiche designed the original Star Control, and though Stardock acquired rights to the game from Atari back in 2013, questions surfaced almost immediately about what aspects of the series they do and do not own. Around a year ago Ford and Reiche raised their first legal objection to Stardock's continuation of the series, leading to lawsuits flying back and forth. The last we heard of this the pair was collecting for a legal fund, so further legal action should be no surprise. Here's the gist of their complaint: "Stardock Systems, Inc. dba Stardock Entertainment ("Stardock") claims to be the assignee for the name 'Star Control,' but is not authorized to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works based on, or distribute the Works." In a post on Steam, Stardock's Bard Wardell gives the other side of the story, suggesting the takedown is an unprecedented abuse of the DMCA, that Steam and GOG.com automatically pull games upon receiving such notices, and that Valve assures them those who already own the game can still play it. He says they are working to make the game available for purchase once again, but that they will have to lay off support staff in the meantime:
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