HTC allows site to remain active but requests Domain Ownership Transfer
HTC one of the worlds largest Smartphone companies has made a decision to allow James Taylor of HTCRUU to keep his website active but he must transfer ownership of the domain name HTCRUU.com over to HTC.
The domain name was only registered in August last year and seems to be getting a fair amount of traffic with an Alexa ranking of 363,120 and having over 70 back links. At present according to a whois the ownership still appears to be in James Taylor name see DomainTools.com but if you try to access the page the site is currently down.
The full story is below and worth a read…
What are your thoughts?
“The third chapter in the HTC RUU trilogy has finally been brought to a close. James Taylor, founder of the HTCRUU.com repository of HTC ROM Update Utilities just recently let me know that HTC is no longer demanding that his files be taken down. Instead, any RUUs released for production models and custom ROMs can continue to be hosted at ruu.androidfiles.org. All HTC requires is that no test versions of its RUUs be posted, its trademarks be respected and that a disclaimer be posted stating that the site is not officially endorsed by or affiliated with HTC.
It appears that the negative publicity directed at HTC as a result of its earlier action against HTCRUU.com had a sobering effect on company officials, since the company went out of its way to reaffirm its support for the development community on Thursday, and today has backed its words with actions in allowing Taylor to continue hosting post-release RUU files and custom ROMs.
I feel that I must reiterate the point that not only RUUs hosted by third parties but also custom ROMs based on Sense are actually unauthorized distributions of HTC’s rightful intellectual property. The company would have been completely within its rights to issue Cease and Desist orders to all sites that host these files, including XDA and RootzWiki.
Nevertheless, HTC has repeatedly expressed support for the development community (as have other OEMs such as Sony, Samsung and even Motorola where carriers allow them to). To demand that all Sense-based RUUs and custom ROMs be taken down would directly contradict HTC’s previous statements and would result in a great deal of bad publicity for the company. True, the rooted community takes up a tiny fraction of any manufacturer’s global sales, but it is a very vocal fraction, and I find it both refreshing and sobering that such a small group can sway the decisions of multibillion dollar multinational corporations.
The full statement by James Taylor follows:
– James Taylor, JMZ Software, Androidfiles.org”