This is why we can’t have nice things. Just two weeks ago, we told you all about Sarien.net, a website that brought new life to classic Sierra On-Line adventure games, making them playable on your iPad.
So it wasn’t really a great surprise when Martin Kool, owner of Sarien, received a Cease and Desist letter from the publishers asking him to please remove their property from his website.
As you may be aware, your distribution and public performance of the .Sierra Games infringes Activision’s copyrights. (As you note on your Website, in order to create the Apps, you “extracted Sierra’s in-game images and objects from the original games” and “exported… all ingame logics. “). The fact that these games were released many years ago does not mean that they are no longer protected by copyright law or can be freely made available to the public.
While we appreciate your dedication to the Sierra classic library and understand that you are a fan of these games, Activision has not authorized the development or distribution of these games via your Website. As you can understand, Activision’s intellectual property rights are extremely valuable, and our client cannot permit unlicensed third parties to offer its games to the public.
Martin Kool created Sarien.net in the hope that it would revive the ailing adventure game genre by attracting fresh blood and winning new gamers’ hearts. His online portal hosted an assortment of old Sierra Classics, including Gold Rush!, the King’s Quest series, Police Quest, The Black Cauldron, the Space Quest series and Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. He seems to have taken the letter in his stride, coming out the other side still smiling.
A few hours after receiving – and posting – the Cease and Desist letter, Martin took to Twitter, showing he still has a sense of humour about it all:
…hopefully Martin can find something else that he can pour his attention into that is just as cool as Sarien.net, but this time without encroaching on anybody’s copyrights.