HTC Clarifies HTCRUU Shutdown, “Openly Embraces the Community”

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Custom ROM enthusiasts got some bad news last week, as we heard from the man behind HTCRUU.com that HTC had sicced its lawyers on him, and they were forcing the site to close. HTCRUU’s James Taylor shared some of his email correspondence with a lawyer representing HTC, and the message sent was that HTC didn’t just have a problem with the site’s name, but that it took issue with distribution of any of its ROMs at all. Today, HTC is speaking up to get its own side of the story out, and it contradicts much of what we heard earlier.

Despite that lawyer writing plain as day, “we really do need you to agree not to provide any HTC ROMs for download,” HTC now insists that it’s cool with ROM distribution, and the only beef it had with HTCRUU was over the use of the company’s name in the site’s domain and the presence of HTC logos on the site itself.

The company goes on to reiterate its support for the custom ROM community and points out how it continues to offer unlocking service through its htcdev.com site. That leaves us wondering just how one of its lawyers got the company’s message so very, very wrong, or if maybe HTC is just trying to backpedal a little after all the outrage caused by news of the shutdown. Regardless of why it happened, it’s reassuring to know now that HTC is publicly very much on the side of the community here.

Source: HTC
Via: Droid-life

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