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Holidays and copyright infringement
Posted on 27-Dec-2004 14:29 by M Freitas | Filed under: Blog


Holidays and copyright infringement
Hope you all are enjoying a good holiday break (if this is the norm in your country or region). You probably have noticed a slowdown in the news published on Geekzone during this week - this is normal, seeing that companies are holding their announcements, looking forward to the CES 2005 to start showing all new products and services.

I have a sad thing is happening at the moment. A very good website (until now) has posted their "original" review of the Verizon XV6600 Pocket PC Phone Edition. In one of the pages they use an image grabbed from our review of a similar Pocket PC Phone Edition. Worst, I've contacted the site's owner for at least credits but did not receive a reply. How can someone post an "original" review using someone else's images and references?

The Verizon XV6600 is nothing but the same Harrier Pocket PC Phone Edition launched by Telecom New Zealand a month before Verizon released their version. In our review we present a link with instructions on how to use this Pocket PC as a CDMA EV-DO modem for your laptop, including a screenshot of this in action. It's this screenshot, and instructions that this other website is using as its own. And other websites link to this "non-original" review without knowing that this person is actually using content taken from other sites.

Compare the image on this screenshot with the one in our review and in our page with instructions and link to Dialer for Windows Mobile CDMA 1x or CDMA EV-DO.

I know you'll say this happens all the time. But so far I never had a problem of finding such use of our work and not receiving a positive reply. It took me a week to decide to post about this in my blog. Also, it is only an image, but it's an original work, which takes time to create. At least a credit is deserved. And a reply to my e-mails.





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