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Submission + - Canadian Politicos Urged to Take Copyright Pledge

An anonymous reader writes: The delay in introducing a Canadian DMCA appears to be shortlived, with a new Canadian copyright law expected at the end of the month. In anticipation, law professor Michael Geist has published a "copyright pledge" that calls on all politicians to commit to preserve fair dealing (Canada's fair use).

Feed Engadget: Exclusive shots of Goschy's prototype "Wiimote" controllers (engadget.com)

Filed under: Features, Gaming, Peripherals


So, we got some more information from Patrick Goschy so he could set his story straight, and were surprised to learn he still had the original prototype controller! According to Goschy, he really has no plans -- or venue -- to sue Nintendo, since Midway owned all of his patents, and as far as he can tell, Nintendo bought the patents from Midway, since Nintendo references one of the patents in its application for the Wiimote. Apparently he just wants the recognition: "I just wanted to people to know. Wanted the truth to come out. Did this 8 years ago, and the Wii has been such a huge deal, I wanted the truth to get out there. It wasn't these two or three Japanese guys that came up with this thing." His guess is that Nintendo saw the video demo he did -- which was seen by hundreds of employees of Midway -- and probably payed a pittance for the technology, thanks to Midway's mismanagement. Right now Goschy is doing engineering consulting work to pay the bills, and when asked if he could take a few shots of his controller alongside Nintendo's, told us that he "can't afford a Wii." He's going to do a redo of the original video -- hopefully with pants this time -- if he can scrounge himself up a working Dreamcast.

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