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Sensitive material: the xda-developers point of view.

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By Flar, Administrator Emeritus on 17th January 2007, 02:39 PM
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Hi Everybody,

We noticed that there is some confusion when it comes to posting sensitive material on and mostly about what can and can't be posted.
We would like to clarify our point of view through this post.

Since the start of xda-developers this has always been a site that once in while has some sensitive material online, through the years this site has grown so big it's no longer possible to check every file on our servers or every post on the board, we also feel it wouldn't benefit the community if we did.

However with increased popularity comes an increased amount of legal complaints when sensitive material is found on our servers. Which is the reason why we have been more careful lately. Recently some sensitive material has shown up on the servers and we received legal complaints from companies who have the copyrights for this material, although we all feel this is very interesting and valuable material we cannot risk the future of xda-developers by ignoring the legal requests we receive, therefore this material has been taken offline.

We understand that maintaining the balance between legal and illegal is sometimes confusing and/or difficult but that is unfortunately how it works.

When it comes to posting sensitive material there are a couple suggestions we can make:

- if possible do not post the files on the xda-developers servers.
- use your common sense (if you feel something might not be legal it probably isn't).
- always keep in mind when posting software of any kind, that we will take it offline if there is a legal complaint from the copyright owner.

Warez is in no way accepted and will be removed upon discovery.

I hope this post will serve as a clear and valuable guideline.


Site admin.

P.s. When you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the moderators.
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17th January 2007, 07:44 PM |#2  
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anyone can contact me also if they have any questions about any files you want to post.. i apparently have no life and spend way to much time on the boards, so you should get a timely response!
3rd December 2007, 02:57 PM |#3  
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I totally agree

It is very important to keep safe a site with so many knowledge and so many resources online. xda-dev and all of its users have done a lot for the community, and I think that if it wasn't for this site, windows mobile devices wouldn't have been so successful.
3rd December 2007, 07:15 PM |#4  
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I agree also. I think you guys do a great job and as members of this family we need to do our part
19th February 2008, 08:41 PM |#5  
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actually whenever a person types words such as "crack" or "keygen", they should be automatically eliminated or turn into something like "i am a loser".
we've been getting way too much of thieves here recently
26th February 2008, 05:07 PM |#6  
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I'm still curious about the Dutty Kaiser WM6.1 Rom Link that got removed.

Was that just a link to A rapidshare/megaupload?

Or was that on XDA servers.

Have there been anymore legal complaints about wm6.1 Roms from Kaiser Build now heavily available on many other devices?
18th March 2008, 01:35 PM |#7  
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need your opinion
i'm doing this 'directory' for dummies for prophet users.
i made it just because want to make it as easier as it can be to be understand by the beginners.
--> prophet directory for dummies
if you or any other moderators found it is not relevant, do inform PM me.
hoping that this thread can be sticky.
24th March 2008, 05:24 AM |#8  
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It's a very tenuous and risky fine line this whole Forum draws when you really look at it.

Every cooked ROM can be looked at as a hack! using proprietory software as its basis.
Every HardSPL can be looked at as a crack! unlocking a device that is specifically locked by a manufacturer.

A keygen is developed as a standalone piece of SW that generates a code that the user decides how he alone will use.

It's all very nice to say HTC "allow" this to happen for developement while not looking anyone directly in the eyes.

Realistically, this site should only contain SW actually and completely written line-by-line by the individual...

We are all guilty in one way or another as everyone here is an accomplice after the fact!
22nd June 2008, 10:38 PM |#9  
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only HTC... ??
An observation ...
This site should be open to other device that HTC.
I had 4 devices HTC, and whenever quality has declined. I believe that the next device will no longer be an HTC.
The manufacturer is rude with its customers (problem of video drivers on Kaiser and Cruise, etc.). HTC does not respond to e-mails. I was a fan of this brand. My next machine will probably be the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia, which I hope the quality higher than the lasts touchphones HTC ...
It would be really pleasant-XDA Developers focuses on the characteristics of this Samsung Omnia ... and that we produce some new ROM test for this new phone.
But this site is perhaps subsidized by HTC?

Excuse me for my bad English (I only speak french)
22nd June 2008, 11:46 PM |#10  
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well if i may interject myself,

the site should be open to all devices carried that are or will be carried by XDA. Thats the name, and thats how it ought to be. Anachronistic, but elegantly interesting
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