Posted December 07, 2019
System shock 1 and 2, for example, had completely seperates rights holders one of whom, an insurance company in Massachusets, wasn't even originally aware they'd ended up the owner to the franchise rights on everything but the second game which looking glass studios published.
Retailers are generally required by law to remove games, books, movies, ect for sale if there's any question about ownership rights of the intellectual property in question, until such time as they have an arrangement with the new rightsholder or proof that the person they previously contracted with retains such rights.
It's kind of like a few years back when Interplay started really pushing sales of old games they'd acted as publisher or distributor for to literally any retailer that'd take them, only to get caught having done so with several game franchises they'd literally not had any rights to do anything but personally distribute decades earlier on behalf of third party developers, or even tried to sell games they'd previously sold the rights to other developers to, such as the Fallout franchise.
Basically, CD Projekt's gog.com division could get into a significant heap of potential legal trouble, or possibly even retaining those titles sale even if negotiations with the new rightsholders goes well if they *don't* remove these titles immediately, until they can prrove either the current rightsholderr has relinquished all rights, has granted rights of sale, distribution, ect to gog.com, ect until such time as whatever negotiations take place finish.