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  • Sony Files Suit Against U.S. Software Developer
  • February 3, 1999 (TOKYO) — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. of the United States jointly filed suit against Connectix Corp.
    Connectix is a U.S. software developer of emulation software to enable PlayStation games to run on Apple Computer Inc.’s Macintosh machines.

    On Jan. 5, Connectix released software named Connectix Virtual Game Station on the first day of MACWORLD Expo/San Francisco. The software product was only sold during the exposition.

    The software, priced at US$49, allows more than 100 PlayStation game titles to run on Macintosh personal computers. The product was in the spotlight at the show, and even selected for a “Best of Show” award.

    The software was developed by Connectix and is not licensed by Sony. The U.S. software house was also preparing to market the product through retailers.

    After confirming that Connectix intended to market the software, Sony filed a lawsuit on Jan. 27 with a federal court in San Francisco. The leading Japanese maker is seeking damages and an injunction on Connectix to give up the sales.

    Connectix announced (http://www.virtualgamestation.com/CVGSpr2.html)

    on Jan. 28 that it is planning to ship the Version 1.1, a new retail version with enhanced compatibility and functionality, showing its intention of proceeding with development and sales of the product.

    The projected over-the-counter price of the new retail version is also US$49. The company will also sell the product at its Web site.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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