HTC slaps ROM distributor with cease-and-desist order
While most HTC customers are simply satisfied to buy their handset and wait for HTC to roll out their own updates, there’s a fairly large community of developers and hackers who devote a lot of their time to tweaking and rereleasing ROMS for HTC handsets. HTC has always a little quiet on the whole topic since they know that the ROM development for the fan community helps retain a lot of their customers and keeps quite a few people busy until they can get around to rolling out their official ROM updates to their Windows Mobile and Android phones. But it looks like ROM distributor might be out of the game for a bit. Conflipper, who runs shipped-roms.com, has just received a cease-and-desist letter from HTC. While most ROM cooks take HTC’s build, tweak them, add their own twist, and share them with the comminute, Conflipper’s site was known more for hosting official ROM builds from HTC. While we’re still waiting to hear back from HTC on the matter, Engadget was able to get a short statement from them.
While HTC tries to take a hands off [approach] about the modder / ROM chef community, this site’s sole purpose [is] to make HTC’s content available for download from a source other than HTC. That content is not just the open source parts and kernels of Android but all of the software that HTC itself has developed. This is a clear violation of our copyrights and HTC needs to defend itself in these cases.
For now, it doesn’t look like HTC will be going after the developer community, just those who are hosting and distributing HTC’s official ROM builds. Let the cooking continue!