Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Apr 2007 21:29 UTC
Zeta A lot of things have happened in the past few days concerning Zeta, BeOS, and Haiku. In order to create some order in the chaos, Eugenia and I have created a rough timeline of what happened the past 6-7 years. Read on for the timeline and some more thoughts on the matter. Update: Magnusoft ceases distribution of Zeta. Update II: Access answered the questions posed in the article.
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RE[4]: I'll tell you why...
by lucky13 on Thu 5th Apr 2007 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I'll tell you why..."
lucky13
Member since:
2007-04-01

Well, if Bernd Korz screwed up people by selling them something that he does not own, it would have been the damn duty of ACCESS to go public and warn people
How many people actually bought Zeta? Do you REALLY believe it's worth siccing a corporate lawyer who specializes in international IP issues and bills at $500 per hour with a 200 hour per case minimum on a little band of Zeta developers?

One could say that, by staying silent for so long, ACCESS has made itself complicit in this fraudulent operation
In which case one would be wrong. Their silence is neither complicity nor a culpable action of fraud. Besides, they made private contact with the party they believed was violating their IP. That's all that matters.

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RE[5]: I'll tell you why...
by yahya on Thu 5th Apr 2007 16:40 in reply to "RE[4]: I'll tell you why..."
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29

Do you need a lawyer to make the statement David Schlesinger just made? Even without suing yT/Korz, a issuing a simple warning in time would have had a tremendous impact.

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RE[6]: I'll tell you why...
by rabyte on Thu 5th Apr 2007 16:45 in reply to "RE[5]: I'll tell you why..."
rabyte Member since:
2005-06-29

...it would have been the damn duty of ACCESS to go public and warn people...

As the IP owners they always were/are/will be the only ones to decide what to do about the whole affair. I agree that 100 Euros are quite a lot of money, especially for a niche OS, but the questions "what about source access?" and "is this legal?" have remained unanswered by Bernd for seven years. IMHO, if people are gullible enough to buy a product of questionable legal status, that's their own problem.

How many people actually bought Zeta?

It's quite telling that magnussoft dropped Zeta stating it didn't sell well enough. As a small company they certainly didn't expect any big sales figures when taking over the project, so my guess is that sales must have been really, really low.

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RE[6]: I'll tell you why...
by Vibe on Thu 5th Apr 2007 16:48 in reply to "RE[5]: I'll tell you why..."
Vibe Member since:
2007-03-12

Do you need a lawyer to make the statement David Schlesinger just made? Even without suing yT/Korz, a issuing a simple warning in time would have had a tremendous impact.

As Access have stated, they're not aware of any rights Bernd Korz claims but they're not just some internet mouth. Their own business is at stake if they just go firing off. If Bernd Korz could screw millions out of them on some technicality that's loss of reputation, management time, and possible loss of jobs. That's the difference between some random mouth on the internet and a company operating in the real world. Lets see you put your house on the line before you bash Access.

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RE[6]: I'll tell you why...
by lucky13 on Thu 5th Apr 2007 16:51 in reply to "RE[5]: I'll tell you why..."
lucky13 Member since:
2007-04-01

Do you need a lawyer to make the statement David Schlesinger just made?
That's the whole point. They didn't have to do anything because Zeta was dying on its own.

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