rubs forehead Things can be technically factual while still disingenuous. In the beginning part of that document:
An in-person meeting? Deposition time for everybody involved. This is very careful wording on the part of Stardock, as “does not contest Stardock’s right to do so” does not mean the subject of the ownership of the aliens from Star Control 2 even came up in the discussion!
Stardock is trying to carefully craft a narrative. As are Paul and Fred.
Whether or not Stardock ‘respects’ Paul and Fred isn’t really relevant when Stardock doesn’t have the rights to include characters from the classic series. “I’m going to be benevolent and not steal your IP” is less impressive a statement than it appears.
Except Star Control 3 contains licensed IP which Stardock does not own and does not have a license to.
I reiterate that Stardock made what will likely end up being a very expensive mistake in not only publishing the previous Star Control games on Steam, but literally having a bundle including the old games and Star Control: Origins. Which is pretty clearly using the old games to market Origins.
Because, for the moment, completely ignoring transferability/severability aspects of the 1988 agreement, I still can’t find anything Stardock’s own filings of their own contracts with Atari that gives them any legal right to distribute those games, or have a valid license for the licensed aspects of Star Control 3.
Now, understandably Stardock wants to focus on what it thinks Paul and Fred did wrong while ignoring or underplaying what it might have done wrong. But this itself is an aspect of the legal battle playing out in the PR realm.