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

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    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,

    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
     
  2. pc747

    pc747 DF Administrator Staff Member Rescue Squad

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    Could be legit. I think they should have just told them to change their name and logo, but there are 2 sides to every coin and I do see the point htc is coming from.
     
  3. MissionImprobable

    MissionImprobable Silver Member

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    There are three sides to every story so odds are we'll never get the entire truth, but HTC definitely could have handled things better.
     
  4. dfcfu342

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    Perhaps they tried to work with the site owner and he refused to cooperate so they took down the site. They were fully in their right to do so with the site's use of trademarks.
     
  5. liftedplane

    liftedplane Senior Member

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    howver they can't say htcruu is breaking trademark...

    checkout nissan.com nissan usa has tried fighting for that domain name for years
     
  6. LoneWolfArcher

    LoneWolfArcher Senior Member

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    This is BOLOGNA. Trademark issues aren't used to shut a site down. Simple changes to the site could of mitigated those issues. HTC used the licensing of trademark issues as an excuse to shut this site down.

    I will not buy an HTC device until I feel they've taken proper action to rectify this. This would be akin to Verizon shutting down this site because it used "droid" in the url. Stupid.
     
  7. akhenax

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    Please don't give 'em no ideas. :biggrin:

    And on a separate note, I've always taken issue with the spelling of bologna, and will create a petition to remove the "a" and replace it with a "y" or "i".
    WHO'S WITH ME??? :D
     
  8. LoneWolfArcher

    LoneWolfArcher Senior Member

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    lol +1
     
  9. acousticshade

    acousticshade Active Member

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    Isn't bologna a city in France? ;)

    Archer, are you basing your anti-htc sentiment on guesswork or actual facts?
     
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