MXS responds… round 2
Thursday, 19 May 2005
Totally out of the blue I received an e-mail from Jonathan Miller at Maui X-Stream. Okay, not totally out of the blue, but still a bit unexpected. In this email Jonathan concedes that VX30 Ad-Stats is indeed based on phpAdsNew and covered by the GPL and offers to send me a copy of the VX30 Ad-Stats source code.
Curious about the e-mail? Below you will find the complete e-mail send to me by Jonathan Miller of Maui X-Stream and the response I send to him.
I’m very sorry to contact you under these conditions and I hope that we can quickly come to a resolution between any possible disagreement between our two parties.
As I believe you are aware we do have a product called VX30 Ad-Stats that is based upon phpAdsNew. Ad-Stats is sold as a companion software to our video encoding application as a way to track your video clips. Obviously we do provide the source code to our customers who purchase this software. I would like to offer you that same source code – although I doubt it has any use for you.
Once again I’m sorry if you’ve been bothered by this situation – a lot of unfair characterizations are being passed around right now about us and we are trying to make our best effort to clear the air.
This is the response I send back:
As you could have read on my weblog I have a couple of major problems with the way Maui X-Stream has been handling the VX30 Ad-Stats product. I am not asking for you to publicly publish the source code of VX30 Ad-Stats on your website, or to give the source code back to me. Although the offer is appreciated, it is not required by the license under which I licensed my source code to you, the GPL.
One of the main problems is the statement published on the VX30 website. In that statement your company claims “We have recently been asked whether VX30, Maui X-Stream’s video streaming software, is built on third-party code covered by a General Public License (GPL). The answer to that question is no.” and “VX30 is an original, proprietary product created over a three-year period by Maui X-Stream employees and contractors.”
As shown on my weblog, and acknowledged earlier in your letter this is simply not true. VX30 Ad-Stats is build on third-party code covered by the GPL. I am not asking for you to mention phpAdsNew or my name, but I am expecting that your company does not lie to its (potential) customers about the origins of your products.
Secondly, the way your company distributed the source code of the VX30 Ad-Stats product is not compliant with the section 1 and 2 of the GPL. The problem is that all copyright statements have been removed and/or modified in the source code. As copyright holder to a large part of the phpAdsNew source code this is unacceptable to me.