Leaks happen — especially in the mobile world. Take any given new phone’s OS installation package (“ROM”), is as easily copied and distributed as any other piece of software, when these ROMs pop up on developer/hacker forums, it’s generally no big deal — in most cases, manufacturer doesn’t notice or, if they do, don’t bother to do anything about it. When someone gather up all these ROMs and distribute them from one unified outlet, however, things get hairy. Such is the case for popular HTC ROM distribution site “Shipped-ROMs,” operated by hardware hacker “Conflipper,” is only about a month old, and they’ve managed to accumulate ROMs for just about every HTC handset imaginable, from antiques like the MDA Compact to the just-friggin’-lanched HTC Aria. The site received a Cease & Desist order straight from the desk of HTC’s Legal Counsel.
According to HTC, Shipped-ROMs is stepping out of line by “illegal copying … HTC’s original art work.”