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Old 09-26-2007, 03:44 AM   #1
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Hi there,

Well, as some of you already know I had to take down my web page with the decoder on it because I received a take-down letter from a Dutch law-firm which was hired by Mobipocket France.

As a result I will probably face huge lawyer bills in the near future and since I'm un-employed at the moment that will be really troublesome.

I noticed that, according to my logfiles, 1000's of people downloaded it, which is nice, so people can start giving it to each other. What I really don't understand is the fact that I spent a better part of a week on it (no work -> lots of time) and I asked for donations and nobody, really nobody bothered to do just that. No, I don't want large sums, but if everyone just had sent me a buck or two it would have been nice...

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:56 AM   #2
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Wow, this really sucks. My Dutch is a bit rusty, what did they actually specify as the offence? I don't think that you had any copyrighted code over there and AFAIK breaking DRM is not illegal in EU yet. I suggest you to contact EFF, they should be able to help you.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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I missed the request for donations. How do you want to receive them?
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:25 AM   #4
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I missed it too. How can I donate?
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:20 PM   #5
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Wow, this really sucks. My Dutch is a bit rusty, what did they actually specify as the offence? I don't think that you had any copyrighted code over there and AFAIK breaking DRM is not illegal in EU yet. I suggest you to contact EFF, they should be able to help you.
Well, apparantly there's a new law in the Netherlands since a year which kinda specifies that you are not allowed to provide any tool to circumvent a DRM. But the text is pretty vague and has never been tested in court, but I might be the damn test case....

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:20 PM   #6
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I missed the request for donations. How do you want to receive them?
People never read README's huh?

Well, the only way I know is thru PayPal at alysa@xs4all.nl

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:23 PM   #7
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I haven't even installed your code, I just wanted to know how to help.

Do you actually have a summons to appear in court?
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:26 PM   #8
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I haven't even installed your code, I just wanted to know how to help.

Do you actually have a summons to appear in court?
Nope, not yet, they are pretty quiet at the moment, I really hope it won't get that far.
Thanks for your support though!

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:39 PM   #9
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I didn't use your code either.
Regarding the likelihood of further legal action, I don't think they will proceed or bother you anymore. Just let them know you have complied.
It is terribly expensive to litigate abroad. (hell, it's expensive to litigate everywhere).

Thanks for your work and dedication Aenea.

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:41 PM   #10
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... I really hope it won't get that far.
The fact that you complied with the demand to remove the tool ought to help, hopefully they want a test case where the defendant tells them to stick it. They usually want iron-clad, can't be lost cases for that sort of thing. Here's hoping.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:12 PM   #11
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Very sorry to hear this, it came in very handy (v3 that I tried). *cough*Would anyone be able to PM me a copy of the most recent version*cough*
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:59 PM   #12
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Version 0.4 has no more functionality then 0.3. 0.4 was just written so it used no code from iRex and you had to already have the jar files from the Java MobiPocket reader for it to work.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:40 PM   #13
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Hi,

This situation is unfortunate.

I myself just use Isilo on my pad for reading books and such so had no need for this tool you assembled.

Publishers need to realize they would sell more books if they forgo the DRM that they insist discourage piracy.

In reality, it just discourages the adoption of a format that has had difficulty being accepted already.

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Old 09-28-2007, 11:14 AM   #14
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Hi there,

I'm also very interested to get rid of the DRM in my (legally obtained) Mobipocket ebooks.

Has anybody still a copy of mb-04.zip?

I could upload it to a anonymous filehoster like rapidshare to help it spread.

I was not able to find it in file sharing networks either.

Thanks so far...
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:24 AM   #15
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