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Connectix must cease Virtual GameStation shipments, rules court

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Sony yesterday successfully halted the shipment of Connectix's Mac-based PlayStation emulator, Virtual GameStation (VGS). US District Court Judge Charles Legge ruled that Connectix should suspend shipments of VGS, according to a report in MacWeek.com. It's not clear whether Legge's 28-page ruling, delivered to the San Francisco court, fully backs Sony's claim that Connectix infringed its intellectual property in the development of VGS, or he is simply bringing the Mac version in line with a Sony victory on 11 March when it was able to persuade the court to ban shipments of the upcoming Windows version of VGS. Back in January, Sony's first attempt to have shipments of VGS suspended was thrown out by the court (see PlayStation emulator wins first round against Sony). Connectix was quick to respond to the judgement, claiming that development of both Mac release and the upcoming Windows version of VGS would continue, that existing versions will still be supported, and that it intends to appeal against Legge's decision. Given the original court ruling, and the separate court decision on 11 April to allow rival developer Bleem to continue to sell its Windows-based PlayStation emulator, Connectix would appear to have a strong case to make at its appeal. However, it's also possible that the ban will be maintained until Sony's main case against Connectix is decided upon. ® See also Connectix to fight Sony lawsuit Sony to sue Connectix over PlayStation emulator

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