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Since Jordan Weisman and Harebrained Schemes got some of the licenses back for Battletech, I asked if they had the rights to the old Battletech and Mechwarrior games, and I was told that they are still held by Microsoft.
The Battletech video game rights are a separate 'entity' from the rest of the franchise, and Microsoft still holds those rights but does license them out to third-parties.

I also sent an e-mail to Dan Schmidt about Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri (never heard back from him from my tweet several months back).
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Piranjade: *raises hand* I'm kind of back.
And I'm a German law student. And E_A is a German lawyer. So yeah, if we're allowed in a again to help we would like to try again. Real life is continuing to be very tough though in several areas but we'll try to be more reliable (if less available). *puppy eyes*
If your offer still stands, perhaps you can contact Dr. Schiebe about the CDV liquidation. Instead of focusing on Project Nomads like I did in my email, it might be better to ask (1) what games are included in the liquidation from the CDV games published, and (2) how one would make an offer for some or all of this catalogue. This would at least let us know what games are at stake and possibly how much the liquidation is expected to sell for (which in turn would give us an idea as to how likely some company is to pick it up).
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Piranjade: *raises hand* I'm kind of back.
And I'm a German law student. And E_A is a German lawyer. So yeah, if we're allowed in a again to help we would like to try again. Real life is continuing to be very tough though in several areas but we'll try to be more reliable (if less available). *puppy eyes*
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IAmSinistar: If your offer still stands, perhaps you can contact Dr. Schiebe about the CDV liquidation. Instead of focusing on Project Nomads like I did in my email, it might be better to ask (1) what games are included in the liquidation from the CDV games published, and (2) how one would make an offer for some or all of this catalogue. This would at least let us know what games are at stake and possibly how much the liquidation is expected to sell for (which in turn would give us an idea as to how likely some company is to pick it up).
Will do!
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Piranjade: Will do!
Thanks a bunch! Let me know if you need anything from me, but basically I used the info that folks uncovered here to get in touch with him.
Since there's Germany on the table atm:

how about MadTV by Rainbow Arts and Ralph Stock?

It was the amazing game, I spent hours playing it. I think it wasn't well known in the US, but in Europe it was well received.

I know that at least German verion is freeware, but nothing about English version (plus it would still be nice to see it on GOG).

According to wiki

Rainbow Arts is a German game developer company founded in 1984 in Gütersloh by Marc Ulrich which was later bought by Funsoft, and eventually absorbed by THQ in 1999. In the early 1990s most of the company's creative drive left to start their own development studios; Thomas Hertzler, who is now MD of Blue-Byte, and Armin Gessert, who founded Spellbound Entertainment.
Post edited December 13, 2013 by SLP2000
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tfishell:
Sorry for bothering you, but I just discovered guys from https://www.facebook.com/lodge.level.4 got in contact with the author of Harvester... Maybe he knows something about the game's legal status?
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tfishell:
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Novotnus: Sorry for bothering you, but I just discovered guys from https://www.facebook.com/lodge.level.4 got in contact with the author of Harvester... Maybe he knows something about the game's legal status?
I was in contact quite a bit with that guy too. He helped point me to Lee Jacobson, the guy who I thought had the rights to the game. Last I heard he was getting in contact with GOG, but maybe there was a legal snag.
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tfishell: I was in contact quite a bit with that guy too. He helped point me to Lee Jacobson, the guy who I thought had the rights to the game. Last I heard he was getting in contact with GOG, but maybe there was a legal snag.
Thanks for the update! I hope something will come out of it :)
Hey guys, I was wondering about the legal status of Ever 17: The Out of Infinity. I was especially interested in this game because it was written by Kotaro Uchikoshi, the same writer as the Zero Escape series. The problem is that the company that released the English version, Hirameki International Group Inc, appears to have disappeared from the Internet completely.

From my understanding, the company still exists and is now a reseller of video game accessories for its Japanese home company Cyber Gadget, but I cannot confirm that information.

All I've been able to find is their physical address from 2007 thanks to the Internet Archive:
18725 E. Gale Ave. Suite 130
City of industry, CA 91748

I've also been able to figure out that this is an office building called The Concourse, along with a bunch of phone numbers from other businesses in that building. I haven't found any contact information for the building administrators though. I'll have to wait for the end of the holidays to pursue this path further.

By the way, does anybody know a way to check the legal status of incorporated companies in California/USA?
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SmashManiac: By the way, does anybody know a way to check the legal status of incorporated companies in California/USA?
Right here:
http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/
Edit: Can't get a direct link, but it says that Hirameki International Group is still active.
Here's a screengrab
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Post edited December 31, 2013 by SCPM
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SmashManiac: By the way, does anybody know a way to check the legal status of incorporated companies in California/USA?
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SCPM: Right here:
http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/
Edit: Can't get a direct link, but it says that Hirameki International Group is still active.
Here's a screengrab
Thanks a bunch SCPM! Good to know the company is still active and the up-to-date address! I'll try to contact the agent that filed the entry to see if they have a phone number or email address as well. If that doesn't work, I may try to contact neighboring businesses as well...
Alright, good luck!
Want Konami games like Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid on GOG? A Konami rep on NeoGAF encourages everyone to contact Konami directly:
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=96263221&postcount=1417
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=96264895&postcount=1427
Konami's also got multiple regional accounts on Twitter and Facebook, so let's make our voices heard! They've got a nice library of PC games, after all:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Konami_games#PC
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SCPM: Want Konami games like Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid on GOG? A Konami rep on NeoGAF encourages everyone to contact Konami directly:
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=96263221&postcount=1417
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=96264895&postcount=1427
Konami's also got multiple regional accounts on Twitter and Facebook, so let's make our voices heard! They've got a nice library of PC games, after all:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Konami_games#PC
Thanks, will definitely send messages of support! :D EDIT: I don't have a NeoGaf account (maybe somebody else can post there), but I sent a message of support on Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately there only one email address, but I will send a message there, too.
Post edited January 07, 2014 by tfishell
Hell yes I'd love silent hill 2 on gog.