Many of us have had the chance to try out Swype, the alternative to your normal system keyboard. You could try it with the limited release of Swype Beta, by APK file, Swypes inclusion on a few new devices and through recent updates. With several different options for getting Swype on our smartphones, it’s always possible that the method used to obtain it was a result of illegal distribution? Not too long ago XDA Developers sent out a message to Swype to find out exactly “what constitutes legal distribution of Swype”, and they just got their answer. Swype sent XDA the official statement below, check it out for yourself. I guess what they’re trying to get at here is to not swipe Swype.
While we at Swype are obligated to protect our intellectual property, we also feel that the enthusiast community is valuable to the long-term success of our business. With that in mind we’d like to offer some rules for posting content related to Swype here on the XDA-developers forum.
The overriding principle behind our policy is that distributing Swype in any way which would allow its use without a license is a violation of our terms of service and our intellectual property rights. This includes the use of features for which the user does not hold a valid license. Therefore the following situations are not allowed:
- Distribution of Swype standalone APKs in any form;
- Inclusion of Swype in ROMs where the Swype licensing mechanisms have been stripped;
- The addition of features, such as the voice input button, to devices where the user does not hold a license or appropriate rights for these features – this includes the distribution of additional languages; and
- Any other use of Swype that infringes any third party copyrights or other intellectual property rights or violating any third party terms of service.
The following, however, are allowed by Swype (assuming you have all other required third party rights):
Inclusion of Swype in ROMs for devices which come with Swype preinstalled, where the version of Swype matches the version distributed with the device and all licensing mechanisms remain intact, and where the user is not infringing on any third party copyrights or other intellectual property rights or violating any third party (e.g., a device manufacturer or carrier) terms of service; and
The use of MetaMorph(R) to modify graphical elements in any licensed installation of Swype.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in making sure our intellectual property and that of third parties is protected, while still allowing those who love to customize their devices in such awesome ways the liberty to do so. Swype reserves all of its rights.