ReBirth for iPad discontinued because of copyright infringement!

ReBirth for iPad will be discontinued because Roland says the product infringes the company’s intellectual property rights.

According to Propellerhead (see this link):

We have decided to discontinue ReBirth for iPad. The decision comes after a statement from Roland that the product infringes on the company’s intellectual property rights. Rather than refuting this claim, we have decided to honor our long-standing relationship with Roland Corporation and has, therefore, come to the conclusion that the best path forward is to discontinue the product.

This is such strange news because when ReBirth was introduced back in 1996 Roland’s founding father Ikutaro Kakehashi told Propellerhead’s CEO Ernst Nathorst-Böös that the software program was the “next step”. But now a few months after Ikutaro’s death this program suddenly infringes the company’s intellectual property rights? They are 20 years too late!

Roland makes a historical mistake. An evil one!

And you start to wonder what will happen to any of us who is coding 303, 808 or 909 emulators. Or those emulating doing Minimoog, classic Neve or Pultec EQ, emulation or something like that. All product infringements? …


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4 Responses to ReBirth for iPad discontinued because of copyright infringement!

  1. JC June 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    Roland Should not bother about Props so it is weird indeed , one thing to understand is that investors Been hooking up with Props not so long ago and that this means that Roland wanted to get cash from it I guess by getting a piece of the Pie of this flagship software that started it all for Props .
    Roland are Greedy and they kind of being doing the same things over and over going the cheapest road each times since they went digital with various result’s in sounds quality .
    the Pie to small because most licences sold early and now it is slow sales i guess . Props got no choice .

    Roland is Dumb , They should Work With Props , exchange some RE and Aira Developers and make the best 303-808-909 Rebirth ever by hooking Reason with Made Controllers from Roland and a set of RE’s that would even be better then Rebirth .

  2. Steve June 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

    Either Roland is to release its own app or it has agreed a licence with someone else.

  3. John June 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I bought it in 1996 for over 100 pounds when it came out, and I was so happy when it came out for the Ipad which I have also bought, all I can say is a lot of people will be very disappointed unless someone else brings it out.

  4. John June 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    Are we going to get a refund then! NOT!

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