Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Aug 2010 14:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Upgrading all those countless Android devices to version 2.2, or Froyo, hasn't exactly been an easy task for many device makers and carriers. Between flat-out denying devices from Froyoness and already having Froyo updates sent out, Motorola has pretty much lost it. Where companies are incompetent, the geeks that roam the 'net seek to provide solace. What do you do, then, as a company? Why, you threaten your loyal customers with legal action, of course.
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I guess I'm confused
by HunterA3 on Tue 24th Aug 2010 16:27 UTC
HunterA3
Member since:
2005-10-19

Android is an open source OS. The only thing that Motorola could sue for is the hardware hooks that allow the OS to talk to the hardware and to my knowledge that's not what hackers are making available. They are making available a custom version of an open source OS that works on said phone. Am I wrong?

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RE: I guess I'm confused - DMCA
by jabbotts on Tue 24th Aug 2010 16:38 in reply to "I guess I'm confused"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The horridly written and consumer hostile DMCA may rear it's ugly head. If the DroidX has the logic-bomb reported to be implemented by Motorola, there may be some DRM circumvention in successfully flashing a new firmware on the device. It's said to detect tampering and chew the boot loader (classic logic-bomb). If you don't break DMCA protected DRM then your phone is bricked. If you do break DMCA protected DRM then there is grounds for litigation and potentially federal charges.

Someone more familiar with the device and US law would have to confirm or correct me here though.

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RE: I guess I'm confused
by vivainio on Tue 24th Aug 2010 18:11 in reply to "I guess I'm confused"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Android is an open source OS. The only thing that Motorola could sue for is the hardware hooks that allow the OS to talk to the hardware and to my knowledge that's not what hackers are making available. They are making available a custom version of an open source OS that works on said phone. Am I wrong?


You are wrong. If you aggregate one byte of copyrighted software (hardware "hooks" or whatever) with 1 gig of open source software, the copyright holder can order you to stop.

Motorola customers should just stop whining and deal with it; they could have bought nexus one, but didn't.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Hey, been watching to cross paths. I hope your employer is working on an N910 or upgrade of some form on the N900 hardware. As I've said elsewhere since getting hands on mine; how did Nokia not eat the market alive with this device and OS? It blows Android and Iphone out of the water.

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RE[2]: I guess I'm confused
by izomiac on Tue 24th Aug 2010 21:33 in reply to "RE: I guess I'm confused"
izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

I take it you don't visit many places in America? Personally, I'd love to have gotten a Nexus One, but practicality trumps politics and I needed a phone that can place calls in my CDMA dominated state.

I'd be glad to see every manufacturer and carrier relax their restrictions, but that won't happen if people aren't vocal about them. OTOH, it's Motorola that's "whining", Droid X users are "deal[ing] with it" by installing a rooted version of Froyo.

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RE: I guess I'm confused
by WorknMan on Tue 24th Aug 2010 20:25 in reply to "I guess I'm confused"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Android is an open source OS. The only thing that Motorola could sue for is the hardware hooks that allow the OS to talk to the hardware and to my knowledge that's not what hackers are making available. They are making available a custom version of an open source OS that works on said phone. Am I wrong?


On the page linked to from this article, it says:

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


So it looks like it's just a particular piece of software that they're complaining about?

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