On the 3th of January 2012 GitHub received a letter from Scientiamobile (www.scientiamobile.com) requesting to remove from GitHub the repository OpenDDR-Resources (https://github.com/OpenDDR-org/OpenDDR-Resources). The letter claims that the repository contains material infringing Scientiamobile copyrighted work.
The following link shows the letter from Scientiamobile lawyer: https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2012-01-04-scientiamobile.markdown
GitHub, according to DMCA act, was obliged to accomplish the request, without any evaluation of the correctness of the request. The only way to block a DMCA would be for OpenDDR people to pay an attorney officer to manage the litigation. We choose a more open (and less expensive) option: publish this story to clarify and to give Scientiamobile the opportunity to publicly remedy the mistake made in requesting the removal of OpenDDR-Resources repository.
Below some background to explain the origins of the story. OpenDDR project has been made by a group of web & mobile developers aware of the importance for their work of an always up-to-date Device Description Repository (DDR), and of good APIs to access it. The work on OpenDDR had a boost in September 2011, after the licensing change on wurfl.xml (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/wmlprogramming/message/34311): in fact, there was no other project available worldwide aiming to catalogue and share device descriptions, freely usable in commercial projects. We think that identifying hardware and software features of the accessing clients is a basic need, a commodity that should be available to any developer to allow a better software design.
Dear Developer, the WURFL file contains information about the capabilities of mobile devices, capabilities and features. The main scope of this file is to collect as many information as we can about all the existing wireless devices that access mobile pages so that developers will be able to build better applications and better services for the users. This project is open-source and is intended for developers working with the WAP environment. All the information listed here has been collected by many different people from many different countries. You are allowed to use WURFL in any of your applications, free or commercial. The only thing required is to make public any modification to this file, following the original spirit and idea of the creators of this project. This will help WURFL to grow better and better every day. The use of WURFL is at your own risk, there is no warranty that all agents and capabilities are correct. All the information, as stated, has been gathered by many users from many places around the world and as such there is no guarantee about the reliability of this information. Post any noteworthy modification and comment to the file on the WMLProgramming mailing list on Yahoo Groups: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/wmlprogramming/ Alternatively, you can mail your modification to Luca Passani, the WURFL maintainer, at passani at eunet dot no
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