[rescue] Amiga videos online for your enjoyment
mrbill at mrbill.net
Wed May 23 14:44:47 CDT 2007
On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 08:10:14PM +0100, Mark wrote:
> The community, and those that use it, maintain it, love it, and want
> to keep it's memories alive is far from dead. AmigaForever was, and
> remains, a community effort for the community. They charge for it to
> cover liscencing costs, production costs, and the cost of
> distribution and to my mind the price is wholly reasonable, given the
> levels of effort that went into it's production.
Really? It looks to me like its "Repackaging WinUAE and some ROM files and
some games and a limited Workbench setup".
As for production costs, DVDs cost less than a dollar each to manufacture
(with nice plastic hardshell cases in full color). AF "Premier" edition is
one CD and two DVDs. Figure at *most*, production costs for the three-disc
set is $3. They sell it for $60.
I bought the "Video Edition" of AF because I already *have* everything else
they distribute; it has a very basic set of software on one of the DVDs,
but I've not touched it because I've already got EUAE/WinUAE and kickstart/
Sure, ideals and community spirit may tie in somewhat, but at its core,
AF is a product (mostly slapped together from other people's efforts) sold
by Cloanto to make a profit. I don't see anything wrong with that, but
I also don't think they have exclusive copyrights on videos that have been
floating around the community for (in some cases) more than twenty years.
If the videos were the "superresolution-enhanced" versions they refer to
on http://www.amigaforever.com/videos/, I would feel differently about
putting them online - however, as they exist right now I don't see that
Cloanto has done anything but put existing videos on DVD and add menus
and in some cases subtitles.
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