is a racing game originating in the arcades. The player can race across varied terrain in a readily available Ferrari, complete with a female passenger, over a series of short tracks.
Gameplay is viewed form just above and behind the car. The roads are full of sharp bends and hazards, contact with which can cause the car to roll and lose the player's time. On each section of track there is a fork in the road, allowing the player to choose which direction he or she wishes to go in. The player has to to complete five track sections in total, out of the fifteen in the game.
- "Sega Ages: OutRun" -- Saturn title
- "Out Run" -- Common title
- "アウトラン" -- Japanese spelling
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There was a patent case over the DOS port by Unlimited Software
, the porting division of Distinctive Software
, for whom Distinctive had written The Duel: Test Drive II
sought a preliminary injunction against Distinctive Software. It did not deal with the general look of the game, but rather the underlying source code.
Distinctive used some of the underlying "computer code" from The Duel for the OutRun DOS port, which Accolade challenged as an infringement of their copyright. Distinctive argued that these were standard libraries and routines, re-used in different games only for the sake of not having to reprogram them. Also, they claimed Accolade never contemplated the transfer of copyright in the library codes and, even if it did, the codes were not subject to copyright protection in the first place.
Ultimately, Accolade lost the case because the licensing agreement only referred to the concept and design of the game, but not the underlying codes.
The full case can be read through a link in the related links section.
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