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Motorola to DROID Xers: No Froyo Until We Say So or Else

August 23, 2010 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

Have you gotten that leaked Android 2.2 (Froyo) build onto your Motorola DROID X yet?  You may have waited too long.  Motorola is sending out cease and desist letters to sites hosting the leaked Froyo files.  Here’s what My Droid World found waiting for them in the inbox:

Pursuant to 17 USC 512(c)(3)(A), this communication serves as a statement that:

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

The follow URL contains the software which we have confirmed as Motorola Copyrighted Software

http://www.xxxxxxxxx.com/downloads/update.zip

(2). These exclusive rights are being violated by material available upon your site at the following URL(s):

http://www.xxxxxxxx.com/downloads/update.zip

(3) I have a good faith belief that the use of this material in such a fashion is not authorized by the copyright holder, the copyright holder’s agent, or the law;

(4) Under penalty of perjury in a United States court of law, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that I am authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question;

(5) I may be contacted by the following methods:

Richard Rushing
Senior Director Information Security
Motorola

[email protected]
Office xxx-xxx-xxxx
Mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx

I hereby request that you remove or disable access to this material as it appears on your service in as expedient a fashion as possible. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Richard Rushing
Motorola
Senior Director Information Security
[email protected]
Office xxx-xxx-xxxx
Mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx

So, Android itself is open source, but some of the build does contain Motorola copyrighted material (like that UI that keeps getting in the way), and some of it is Google’s mobile interface that’s also copyright.  (You may recall that’s how Augen got into a little spot of trouble.)

I’m sure someone can point to the Library of Congress ruling that says we have the right to mod our phones, but asking a site to take down copyrighted material (even if the asker only owns some of the copyright) is another situation.

MyDroidWorld says they complied with the letter (hence the redacted sites above), but there may be some mirrors still out there.  I was easily able to find one via a link from IntoMobile simply by googling “Droid X Froyo image.”  IntoMobile received the same Cease and Desist letter.

The official DROID X Over the Air (OTA) upgrade from Android 2.1 to 2.2 is currently scheduled for “late summer.

Source: Engadget