Motorola Blocks Unofficial Froyo ROM for DROID X

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

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

(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
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
Senior Director Information Security
Office xxx-xxx-xxxx
Mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx

(via Engadget)

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  • Anonymous
    And if you read some android forums, you can see just how well Motorola blocked this unofficial Froyo.
  • tayb
    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.
  • Anonymous
    *@#& 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!