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Droid X 2.2 ROM hosting sites getting cease-and-desist letters from Motorola

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Aug 2010 13:29 User comments (8)

Droid X 2.2 ROM hosting sites getting cease-and-desist letters from Motorola Motorola is reportedly sending out cease-and-desist letters to sites that are hosting Droid X Android 2.2 Froyo custom ROMs, forcing them to remove the ROMs from their sites or face legal ramifications.
Reads the letter (via Into):

Pursuant to 17 USC 512(c)(3)(A), this communication serves as a statement that:

(1). I the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder Motorola for Droid X Keyboard Software, know as “repackaged-signed.apk”

The follow URL contains the software which we have confirmed as Motorola Copyrighted Software

http://www.xxxxxxxxx.com/downloads/update.zip

(2). These exclusive rights are being violated by material available upon your site at the following URL(s):

http://www.xxxxxxxx.com/downloads/update.zip

(3) I have a good faith belief that the use of this material in such a fashion is not authorized by the copyright holder, the copyright holder’s agent, or the law;

(4) Under penalty of perjury in a United States court of law, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that I am authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question;

(5) I may be contacted by the following methods:

Richard Rushing
Senior Director Information Security
Motorola

xxxxxxxx@xxx.com
Office xxx-xxx-xxxx
Mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx

I hereby request that you remove or disable access to this material as it appears on your service in as expedient a fashion as possible. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Richard Rushing
Motorola
Senior Director Information Security
xxxxxx@motorola.com
Office xxx-xxx-xxxx
Mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx


A number of sites have already complied with the order, pulling the custom ROM from their sites and servers.

The move is somewhat surprising as Motorola has long been friendly to the hacking/flashing community, making tools like RSD Lite and Motorola Mobile Phone Tools readily available.

If you are a Droid X owner and have not yet rooted and downloaded the 2.2 custom ROM, now may be the time to do so, or wait another month for the promised official 2.2 update.

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8 user comments

122.8.2010 15:31

Question so I don't look like a idiot. Wasn't these Roms Legal?

222.8.2010 19:51

Why is motorola still acting like such bitches! Its already been legalize so that people can root their devices and yet they are still trying their hardest to lock down security and making a fuss over something like a leaked rom? So wha if people get it, won't they get it a week or two later anyway? And so what if it messes up the phones of people who choose to use an unoffical update. Its the risk their taking.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Aug 2010 @ 20:31

322.8.2010 21:59
David.Wasson
Unverified new user

This rom is NOT a custom rom, it is a leak of an official motorola build, hence why everyone is complying with the takedown notices

422.8.2010 22:19

the update from motorola supposedly blocks usb tethering apps. not sure how true it is.

523.8.2010 1:23

This is really annoying; we have an open-source OS with an open-source keyboard...and motorola decides that not only must they create a closed-source keyboard, but they should prevent their own users from using it on a cooked rom. Not only that, but the keyboard on this device is junk...the cooked roms should just inclue swype, then Motorola can go torture some kittens or something.

623.8.2010 9:25
JoeyMT
Inactive

I have tethering on my original Droid, and I didn't even haev to root. But I thought Google and motorola encouraged rooting your phones...

723.8.2010 10:55

Originally posted by JoeyMT:
I have tethering on my original Droid, and I didn't even haev to root. But I thought Google and motorola encouraged rooting your phones...
You really thought wrong on that one buddy, well I far as I know Motorola is firmly against it for some reason. I don't know about Google.

824.8.2010 0:19

Originally posted by biglo30:
Originally posted by JoeyMT:
I have tethering on my original Droid, and I didn't even haev to root. But I thought Google and motorola encouraged rooting your phones...
You really thought wrong on that one buddy, well I far as I know Motorola is firmly against it for some reason. I don't know about Google.
Google is certainly in favor of rooting phones; that is why all the tools come from them. Motorola is another story, but at least motorola devices tend to come rather functional, and not needing root to do many of the basic things that other Android phones need root for.

If you are doing wifi tether without root, then you are probably paying for it...root gives it to you for free.

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