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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Mr. Schlesinger
by Rafael on Sat 7th Apr 2007 21:01 UTC
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I am only really surprised that ACCESS (PalmSource), (so in my opinion the comments from Mr. Schlesinger are formal declarations,) is doing as if they would know of nothing, but sorry if I do not believe that!

sorry Mr. Schlesinger if you are getting tired to answer our questions, but your comments sounds like that there was never any correspondence between PalmSource and Bernd Korz/yellowtab, would you that argue so?

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RE: Mr. Schlesinger
by Lefty on Sat 7th Apr 2007 21:37 in reply to "Mr. Schlesinger"
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I've already stated, several times, that we send cease and desist notices to YellowTab, advising them in clear terms that they were in violation of our copyrights, but to no particular avail.

If you're suggesting that some sort of license existed between Palm (between 2001 and 2003), or PalmSource (between 2003 and 2005) ACCESS (from 2005 to presnet) and YellowTab, that would be completely incorrect. I've asked Mr. Korz, in various places (he seems to do a good job of keeping his email address unavailable) to provide me with some support for his modifying and distributing for commercial sale the intellectual property which clearly belongs to ACCESS. I've yet to see anything in particular. I'm not the only one who's been asking, with similar lack of success.

To what would you attribute that?

Elsewhere, you wrote, or quoted,

In June 2001 while we went into the final negotiations with Be, Inc. over financing the development of a release of BeOS R6, we got the message from Be, Inc. that they were no longer able to negotiate with us. The reason was that they had a potential investor. We decided to wait till we got the name of the new investor or buyer of BeOS/IA. Once the shareholders of Be, Inc. had voted to approve the sale to Palm we established the needed contact with Palm, Inc. in November. We are most grateful for the help we have received from Be Inc., in providing us with contact information for Palm, Inc.

So, where's the documentation for this...? Why would Mr. Korz be so hesitant to provide it? I don't see any ending to this tale, even if I were to suppose that there were anything to it.

If Palm had some sort of licensing agreement with YellowTab, why no press releases? For that matter, why no royalties? Or do you also think that Mr. Korz is actually paying us and I'm not admitting it...? That seems bizarre.

Or is this "deal" of which no one seems to actually be aware, and about which no one seems be in a position to provide any documentation, supposed to have been a complete gift on Palm's part?

Corporations can't give away assets for which they've just paid millions of dollars based on "quiet nods". Corporate executives of publicly traded companies have fiduciary responsibilities not to do things like that. Doing otherwise would be a violation of securities laws. So this scenario you seem to find more believable seems actually less likely to me.

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