Well, for those of you who thought that the whole shipped-roms simply had a bad ending, you may want to think again. Thanks to XDA member indagroove, we have learned a few updates about the whole legal situation raised against XDA member conflipper. In fact, his site www.shipped-roms.com has a few updates on this situation. As it turns out, conflipper marched straight into HTC’s offices in the US to talk about the situation. Everything seemed a bit inconclusive, but there were two things that came out for certain out of that meeting. The first thing is that HTC is indeed seeing a threat to their intellectual property, which proves the legality of this issue. I am saying this because a lot of people are familiar with internet fakes (internet investigator, anyone?) and hence the question about the truthfulness of this letter was raised a few times. Conflipper has shown that the letters do come indeed from HTC servers in Taiwan, so no question there.
Here is the strings showing what server it originated from. This is clearly HTC servers.
Received: from htctaomsg2.HTCTAOYUAN.HTC.COM.TW ([10.9.128.30]) by htctpemsg2.HTCTAIPEI.HTC.COM.TW with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.3959);
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The second point that came out of that meeting was that conflipper and HTC have found a temporary ‘middle ground” on what will happen with the site and its content. Starting July 1st, the dev will password protect every single rom that is being hosted on the site. Again, this is only a temporary fix as HTC has not given him any list of offending materials or things that must be taken down, but they did provide a time frame of 14 days to comply with the demands.
We will keep you posted of this situation, but it seems that conflipper cannot provide too many further details as it is of confidential nature. He did mention though that he will be talking with a lawyer on July 5th about the whole situation and quite possibly to try to reach some sort of agreement with HTC. Having said all this, there is always a bright side to pretty much any story. As it turns out and depending on the whole outcome, Conflipper will try to ask for legalization for the distribution of OEM roms altogether.
Here is an excerpt of conflipper’s statement in shipped-roms.com
Due to HTC recent actions due to this site. I have been trying to figure out a solution with HTC. I have had a few emails going back and forth.
I have not yet received a list of files to remove. This has been quite irritating to me. However I was given 14 days to take action, or I will face legal action.
So I have worked out a middle ground agreement at this time with HTC. On July 1 2010 I will password protect all Shipped-ROM directories. I am hoping this will be a temporary solution. This will mean that you will need a password in order to access the files….
You can find a link to the original article here.
Also, you can visit conflipper’s website by following this link, where you will find the rest of the explanation of the current situation as well as any updates.___________________