If they were part of the original Live concept, they may have some right to copy or maybe even to a portion of the code base....who knows.
mm.. If the project leaders of the iPhone and iOS try to manufacture iPhone5 thing from their company Apple won't disregard them.
It's a difference of employment versus, ownership/creators. I'm not sure what these guys position were at Ableton, but if they collaborated on the original concept you'd think they would have rights to the portions they contributed, unless there were contractual agreements otherwise.
True, it will depend on the contract that had been made with the programmer, product manager, graphic designer and etc. But it's hard to believe that every aspect of the Live's product have been developed on this contract. Too excessive similarity in every aspect of them. They can be even discribed as clone.[/quote]
I know it crazy. That being said they must have know they could get away with it right? I wish someone from ableton would clear this up cause it's nuts that this can be done. I mean could reason developers leave and make a reason clone!?