This thread was posted today and its definition of what copyright does contradicts what I have read here, meaning that If you want to protect your stuff you use Trademark.
Reading this thread implies that F&P literally own and operate all things Star Control.
What rights are protected under copyright?
Copyright is secured automatically whenever a work (such as computer software, literary work, or other authorship) is created, and does not need to be registered. This gives the copyright holder exclusive rights to the authored work, including the right to reproduce, distribute, or sell that work.
The copyright holder also controls the right to create derivative works based on the original work. For example, a sequel to a game or a movie using characters and other elements from the original would be a derivative work, and needs the permission of the original copyright holder. The creator of the derivative work would be limited to copyrights in the new elements only, and their rights would exclude anything copied from the pre-exising work.
I just wanted to get your insight on what they are posting.
This implies that Stardock is infringing on thier copyright and seems to imply they brought the lawsuit up..again its very confusing.
So what caused the copyright dispute?
On October 19 2017, Stardock began selling the original copyrighted games through Steam. Reiche and Ford said they did not authorize this and requested a takedown, and Stardock responded that Reiche and Ford's request includes "Star Control 3 which they admit they had no involvement". In fact, Star Control 3 does use copyrighted characters and content from the first two games. Star Control 3 is a derivative work based on Star Control 1&2, which Accolade could only create with permission from Reiche and Ford, as seen in the 1995 addendum to their original agreement.
How can Stardock legally sell games copyrighted by someone else?
Stardock claims they purchased a license to sell and distribute the three games (among other legal rights), "that was explicitly transferred to us by Atari who in turn acquired it from Accolade". Recall that in 1988, Reiche/Ford had granted Accolade the right to sell their Star Control games.(pgph 2.2-3.1) Stardock has claimed that they purchased this agreement from Atari at bankruptcy in 2013,(pgph 20)whereas Reiche and Ford claim that this agreement had expired.(pgph 33, 57)