In what is certainly a surprisingly aggressive move, HTC France has undergone legal action against a French HTC enthusiast website called HTC-Hub. According to the site in question, they have seriously pissed off the Taiwanese manufacturer by publishing an unboxing video of the HTC One S roughly a week before its official release. In addition, the French division of HTC went as far as to seize the handset from HTC Hub via a court order. This entire affair is without precedent in the smartphone blogging world.
In case you weren’t aware yet, it has become much of a tradition for smartphone manufacturers to send out review units of their upcoming devices to smartphone bloggers, many days before the actual release of a phone. The reason why you never see smartphone reviews popping out long before the device hits the market is because, when issuing demo units to bloggers, manufacturers force bloggers to sign embargo agreements that basically mean they cannot post any information regarding the smartphone until a certain date and hour. This is the same model that major video-game reviewers know inside-out.
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If they didn’t sign an NDA what can HTC sue for?
HTC HUB Didn’t, but the phone source did, the phone is either stolen or given/sold or whatever by the source that provided the phone to HTC-HUB, the only thing HTC required is to take back the device it lended under NDA which wasn’t respected.
Are you kidding me? “This entire affair is without precedent in the smartphone blogging world.” – Apple?!
Those were production models being used for testing purposes that were lost long before the phone was even announced. This is an unboxing video for a phone that was just about to be released to the public.
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So HTC France is pissing off it’s most devoted and rabid fans by suing them. Way to go France, but then again, it’s not surprising from the country that made hard work illegal
oh borther :/ . HTC is taking step in a way opposite than what Android is all about. Likewise looking more like Apple (reason why I’m stepping away from Apple products)