Last week, we broke news about HTC going after HTCRUU.com and getting it taken down. This caused quite an uproar in the developer community, and even made a few HTC fans sell their devices in favor of switching to another manufacturer’s device. Well today, HTC has posted an article on their blog entitled “Continued Support for the Developer Community”, where they explain why they went after HTCRUU.com to have them taken down.
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Now according to this blog post from HTC…
The issue with the site in question was NOT that it provided custom ROMs or RUUs. The site used HTC trademarks without a license from HTC. The domain name contained ‘HTC’ and it used HTC logos, making it appear to be an official HTC website. Like any other company, we must protect our trademarks and brand. We cannot risk being associated with, and held liable for, software that we don’t have any control over that’s put onto an HTC device through a third party.
So they weren’t going after the site for hosting RUU’s and custom ROMs. Oddly enough it looks like HTC is okay with that. But the fact that the site was using HTC logos and other trademarks without a license is the reason why they went after this website. HTC went on to talk about the developer community in their post:
HTC openly embraces the community that chooses to flash custom ROMs onto their devices. The HTC Unlock Bootloader tool on htcdev.com evidences this support. We think the custom ROM community is valuable to the overall health of the Android ecosystem, and we have no intention of abandoning them. We love the passion of this community, and we hope you continue to build with us, use HTC products, and give us honest and direct feedback.
There you have it, this is why HTC went after HTCRUU.com and not other sites like XDA and Rootzwiki which also host custom ROMs and RUU’s for HTC. Now what do you think. Was this the right move by HTC? Let us know in the comments below.