HTC’s lingering legal threat against the root community resolved

freedom - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereThe lingering threat of takedown requests for any privately hosted Sense-based ROMs, or prosecution for hosting RUUs, seems to have been cleared up. The short answer is: yes, you can host RUUs and custom ROMs, and HTC has no problems with this.

More details came to light that the lawyer who sent the takedown requests for the RUUs was under the impression that money was changing hands for the transfer of these to end users. JMZ Software also supposedly had a pre-release ROM on the site, which was a no-no in HTC’s eyes, as it was a non-released product.

HTC is looking into hosting all the released RUUs themselves, but does not have a timeframe, so for now you can head over to and get them with HTC’s blessings. You can’t get the pre-released or unreleased HTC ROMs, but that’s not really anything to worry about.

For the not-so-important-to-root-community things, which were the only ones that HTC made a statement about, is now HTC’s domain, and JMZ will not use their logos.

It’s still a shame it takes multiple websites, constant requests, and 11 days of emails before the community can get an answer from HTC, which evidently came about after a conference call with James Taylor of JMZ software this morning. This is the sort of thing that should have been cleared up in one or two emails.

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6 thoughts on “HTC’s lingering legal threat against the root community resolved

  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 2, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I also got back a response from an HTC employee that there was nothing simple about this. Which leads me to wonder did they not read what the questions and uproar were?

    Based on what the lawyer wrote, they said the RUUs had to go and the custom ROMs based on HTC code had to go.

    That’s where the questions were as at least one of these is sort of incredibly vital to development.

    Their press release if it answered the questions could have been.

    “JMZ can’t use domain name HTCRUU/Logos. Sense redistribution fine. RUU too. Lawyer wrong. Night”

    And fit on twitter in a tweet and been done February 21st.

  • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård
    February 2, 2013 at 4:42 am

    HTC screwed the pooch here. It’s their responsibility to have the people working on their behalf do what they’re supposed to, not something else entirely. Once the issue was brought to their attention, it should have taken 5 minutes for it to go up to someone in charge, get an executive decision, and send a tweet like the one you suggested.

    • Avatar of Joe
      February 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      I somewhat agree, but with a company that size it’s definitely advisable to get a legal opinion before you send any tweet from an executive’s account – especially here in the US, people love filing lawsuits for just about anything. However, it still shouldn’t take more than a day or two to cover their ground.

  • Avatar of Simon Belmont
    February 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Glad this has finally be cleared up. What a hectic week and a half it’s been.

    Now I can rest easily that the Sense ROMs I like to flash on my EVO 3D won’t go the way of the dinosaur. At least for now.

  • Avatar of Paul E King
    February 4, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Something interesting I thought about – HTC still has not made a public statement that Sense-based ROM redistribution is ok, nor have they claimed RUU file hosting is ok to the general public.

    They’ve told one person that he can do it and left us to infer the rest can. Sneaky


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