[Follow-Up] HTC Issues Statement Regarding Recent Action Against Developer Community

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    [Follow-Up] HTC Issues Statement Regarding Recent Action Against Developer Community


    Just a couple of days ago, we shared an HTC PR blunder that rippled throughout the Android community. The company targeted a developer fansite called HTCUU.com for copyright violations and illegal file sharing. Since then, they must have felt the backlash from the community because they just issued a statement trying to offer their side of the story. Here it is in it's entirety,

    Continued Support for the Developer Community

    POSTED 30 JAN 2013 | BY LEIGH MOMII

    Last week, there was some buzz about a website that contained RUUs for HTC devices being taken down at the request of HTC. We’d like to take a minute to provide some background.

    The issue with the site in question was NOT that it provided custom ROMs or RUUs. The site used HTC trademarks without a license from HTC. The domain name contained ‘HTC’ and it used HTC logos, making it appear to be an official HTC website. Like any other company, we must protect our trademarks and brand. We cannot risk being associated with, and held liable for, software that we don’t have any control over that’s put onto an HTC device through a third party.

    HTC openly embraces the community that chooses to flash custom ROMs onto their devices. The HTC Unlock Bootloader tool on htcdev.com evidences this support. We think the custom ROM community is valuable to the overall health of the Android ecosystem, and we have no intention of abandoning them. We love the passion of this community, and we hope you continue to build with us, use HTC products, and give us honest and direct feedback.
    While it's pretty easy to see their point-of-view, and it's not hard to respect their desire to protect their trademarks, we still wonder if they could have handled the situation a bit differently. Perhaps they could have given the developer a chance to clean up the problem software, and/or to simply change the logos and domain name of the site to something less confusing. Of course, it is a thin legal line they walk, and they need to be very careful lest they become open to litigation based upon something outside of their control. We acknowledge that based upon their actions in the past, they try their best to support the developer community. Their htcdev.com Bootloader Unlock tool at the very least confirms this.

    What do you think? Is this enough justification for what transpired, or do we deserve a bit more explanation than this?

    Source: HTC Blog

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