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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Bernd & Magnussoft
by tonestone57 on Sun 8th Apr 2007 17:05 UTC
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Magnussoft paid for devleopment costs for 1.21 & 1.5 and can not sell these products until Zeta's legal status is determined. And even afterwards, may not be allowed to sell it if Bernd loses or status never gets resolved.

Magnussoft got the short end of the stick and I'm sure they are kicking themselves now.

They also have a right to take legal action against Bernd.

If Bernd provided statement to Magnussoft saying he had the right to produce and sell Zeta. And if Magnussoft kept copies or has signed agreements with Bernd to this effect, then Magnussoft can go after Bernd legally ( and will if they can gain from it ).

So, it could get kinda interesting. Lets see what happens.

Edited 2007-04-08 17:10

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RE: Bernd & Magnussoft
by Vibe on Sun 8th Apr 2007 17:21 in reply to "Bernd & Magnussoft"
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2007-03-12

If Bernd provided statement to Magnussoft saying he had the right to produce and sell Zeta. And if Magnussoft kept copies or has signed agreements with Bernd to this effect, then Magnussoft can go after Bernd legally ( and will if they can gain from it ).

Bernd Korz has a nice big house and a share in a print business, and that's got to be worth money. He seems to have a lot of fingers in many pies so there might be even more assets worth seizing. Apart from the Barlow Clowes and Robert Maxwell fraud cases, this reminds me of the Polly Peck affair, where Azil Nadir build up a business, ended up fleeing to Northern Cyprus, and the assets were picked clean. In this case Magnussoft seem to have a direct dealing with Bernd Korz, not a shell company like YellowTab, so this might lead somewhere interesting.

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RE[2]: Bernd & Magnussoft
by Leszek Lesner on Sun 8th Apr 2007 18:36 in reply to "RE: Bernd & Magnussoft"
Leszek Lesner Member since:
2007-04-08

Hmm... I am wondering if Magnussoft only had to made an contract with Bernd only.
I think YT was included too in this hole contract thing.
(at least the insolvency administrator).
Think about the first updates sold by Magnussoft. You had to prove (really prove in sending them your copy of zeta) that you are an legitimate user.
This information were send to the insolvency administrator to check if the user is allowed to update.
So there has to be an closer even licensing relationship between Magnussoft and YT(represented by the insolvency administrator).

I think that Bernd has the license for ZETA but he is not allowed sell or to talk about due to NDAs made with the insolvency administrator (yt) and Palm Inc.
But this is only an suggestion.

What I definitely know is that Bernd does not want to talk anymore about this issue and that he won't give a statement on this next week.
The one who will present a statement will be the insolvency administrator of yt.
If this really is going to happen, then I am totally sure Bernd is not responsible for this kind of things.
He may be involved as a former CEO pr CVO or whatever he was at YT but he is not responsible any longer for it.

Btw. I am really interested what licensing problems will occur in the next few days/weeks. GoBE might be knocking on the doors xD.
Which doors you have to decide for yourself ;)

But I don't want to talk too much about Magnussoft because they are very quickly in sueing people.

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