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Motorola Blocks Unofficial Froyo ROM for DROID X

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If you've got a DROID X and were hoping to upgrade to Froyo before the over the air update hit, you've got another think coming.

On Friday, the people of MyDroidWorld announced a leaked version of the OTA update for Verizon's Motorola DROID X. However, just two days later, Motorola sent out cease-and-desist orders in an effort to stop people upgrading to Android 2.2 before the OTA update rolls out.

In its cease and desist letter to MyDroidWorld, Motorola cited violation of copyright as the reason for the removal request.

Check out the full letter below.

With the release of Froyo MDW has received a C & D from Motorola requesting removal of the software from our server. We are sorry for the inconvenience but we must oblige Motorola. I am not sure how long the mirrors will be up so if you want to get your Froyo on then now would be a good time....

Copy of the Email:

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

xxxxxxxx@xxx.com
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
xxxxxx@motorola.com
Office xxx-xxx-xxxx
Mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx

(via Engadget)

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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 2:12 AM
    And if you read some android forums, you can see just how well Motorola blocked this unofficial Froyo.
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    tayb , August 24, 2010 2:15 AM
    Too late Motorola. Once it's leaked you can't stop it. No sense even wasting your lawyers time trying to. They couldn't possibly send out enough emails or letters.
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 2:29 AM
    *@#& Motorola, I was tempted by a couple of their upcoming phones as I'm almost due an upgrade from my current Hero, but their attitude is almost as bad as Apples!

    It's an open source, community developed OS and apps. Sure they've bolted on some of their own stuff (some of which doesn't compare to community software) and yet they're constantly trying to block people upgrading the OS on the phone, which is released WAY in advance by the community!

    Think I'll stick with HTC and their more community friendly attitude!
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    cag404 , August 24, 2010 2:32 AM
    The photo is a Droid, not a Droid X.
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    vcbb10 , August 24, 2010 2:48 AM
    The photo is a Droid 2, not a droid, not a droid x.
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    BulkZerker , August 24, 2010 2:48 AM
    cag404The photo is a Droid, not a Droid X.


    Droid 2 not droid, or Droid X
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    BulkZerker , August 24, 2010 2:50 AM
    vcbb10The photo is a Droid 2, not a droid, not a droid x.



    Curse you, ninja'd
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    vcbb10 , August 24, 2010 2:50 AM
    BulkZerkerDroid 2 not droid, or Droid X

    I just had to like your simultaneous correction, lol.
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    JMcEntegart , August 24, 2010 3:04 AM
    BulkZerkerDroid 2 not droid, or Droid X

    BulkZerkerCurse you, ninja'd

    vcbb10I just had to like your simultaneous correction, lol.


    I think I found the droid you guys were looking for!

    /fixed. :) 
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    partofthepuzzle , August 24, 2010 3:14 AM
    The image isn't a Droid X...

    IAC, I don't really see why Motorola would want to alienate the Android hacker community. These are the users that are the most dedicated and the modifications that they provide are often not forthcoming from the phone vendors and they serve to keep the users on the platform! Enthusiasts with modified ROMS are walking advertisements for Motorola, HTC, etc. al. These manufacturers are much too paranoid about this whole issue.
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    partofthepuzzle , August 24, 2010 3:14 AM
    The image isn't a Droid X...

    IAC, I don't really see why Motorola would want to alienate the Android hacker community. These are the users that are the most dedicated and the modifications that they provide are often not forthcoming from the phone vendors and they serve to keep the users on the platform! Enthusiasts with modified ROMS are walking advertisements for Motorola, HTC, etc. al. These manufacturers are much too paranoid about this whole issue.
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 4:58 AM
    That was a pretty laid back email. All they did was say "Hey, quit giving our shit away." What do you expect? They're a lot more polite than the RIAA. This is how it's played. I'm still bummed this goodie dropped whilst I was off the grid for for a couple days. Can't find it anywhere, probably just as well.
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    srhelicity , August 24, 2010 5:06 AM
    Has anyone mentioned yet that the image that of a Droid X?
    ;) 
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    srhelicity , August 24, 2010 5:07 AM
    srhelicityHas anyone mentioned yet that the image that of a Droid X?

    Ugh, I can't even poke fun properly. Has anyone mentioned yet that the image isn't that of a Droid X? sigh.
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    Scanlia , August 24, 2010 5:07 AM
    OMG, they're just like apple.
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    blazer_123 , August 24, 2010 6:57 AM
    I'm comparing that picture to my Droid X, in my hand, and that IS A DROID X.

    How many of you that said that is not a Droid X actually own the Droid X?
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    Nick_C , August 24, 2010 7:07 AM
    blazer_123I'm comparing that picture to my Droid X, in my hand, and that IS A DROID X. How many of you that said that is not a Droid X actually own the Droid X?

    REad Jane's comment above.... (and note the time).
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    Blessedman , August 24, 2010 8:13 AM
    who are the trolls voting everything down?
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    hixbot , August 24, 2010 11:28 AM
    You've all got another think coming.
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    figgus , August 24, 2010 12:11 PM
    If you've got a DROID X and were hoping to upgrade to Froyo before the over the air update hit, you've got another think coming.

    thing*

    It's my day to pick at nits, it seems.
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