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CyanogenMod loses website in 'net drama (Updated with resolution)

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CyanogenMod loses website in 'net drama (Updated with resolution)
CyanogenMod, the team that has produced the most popular custom ROMs for Android devices (with unique installs counted in the millions) has found itself wrapped up in a bit of internet drama that, for the time being, is forcing them to move their website from cyanogenmod.com to cyanogenmod.org. This revelation comes from the official CyanogenMod blog (now relocated to the new domain), and comes as a surprise considering how stable and drama-free CM has been during its long run as the top custom ROM team.

According to the blog this happened when the team discovered that the owner of their web domain had been impersonating one of the lead members of the CM team, even striking financial deals with some websites “on behalf of” CM. The team asked for the domain to be transferred over to them and they were told to cough up $10,000 for it. The CM team says they have neither the money nor the inclination to pay such a ransom, and is currently working to take over control of their domain through ICANN, but it’s unclear if that will succeed, and how long it will take.

Due to the dispute CyanogenMod has currently lost control of their original .com domain, as well as their Google Apps for Business account, so they have set up a temporary email contact on the new .org domain. Obviously there are always two sides to a disagreement, but from the information that has been released it’s hard not to feel like a longstanding role model in Android development community is getting the short end of the stick right now.

If you are a CM user (or just want to show some support) you can hit up the source link to get to the new domain.

Edit: CyanogenMod has updated us with news for the better; the person in question (possibly due to the unflattering publicity that resulted from this fiasco) has agreed to turn over the domain back to its rightful owners. That said, cyanogenmod.org is apparently going to remain the official site, with cyanogenmod.com now redirecting to their new domain. The CM team has indicated that they are restructuring to prevent a repeat of today's events, and have indicated that they are now trying to concentrate on getting back to shipping quality custom ROMs for people.

All's well that ends well we suppose.

source: CyanogenMod via Droid-Life

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posted on 14 Nov 2012, 16:33 12

1. snotyak (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


The heading says "cyanogenMODE.org"

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 03:42 1

24. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


This is just sad. I mean why would people wanna screw with the guys n gals who work so hard to bring flavor in your life and give you so much joy in user experience....it just goes to show some people are pure jacka$$e$!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 16:56 17

2. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Wow, what kind of crap is this? These guys dedicate their time and expertise for basically free and this prick goes and basically fraudulently makes deals and now they lose their dot.com and google business account. I hope that somehow they get to sue the pants off this jerk and get their stuff back. Wow, the audacity of some people is incredible and disgusting.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 17:35 4

3. k1ng617 (Posts: 238; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Wow what a horrendous abuse/extortion! I love you guys CM FTW!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 17:39 2

4. corporateJP (Posts: 1513; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Wow...what a lowlife crook. He should put in an application for employment with one of the carriers, he'd fit right in.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 17:55 1

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2814; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Links to .com on forum posts if any will be lost. Bad to see this happen and not sure if getting through ICANN will be that easy as that also would involve legal experts (who would be expensive unless they deicde to work free) and process is long drawn.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 18:05 1

6. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


CM you guys rock! I would like to take this time to thank you for all of your hard work and countless hours spent bringing us one of the best custom roms for our galaxy's and other android devices. If not for you, my HP touchpad would forever be stuck with HP OS and no apps, Good luck getting rid of this A hole whom abused your trust! YOu will end up on top, i somehow just know!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 20:02

12. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


See the .org site - situation resolved.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 20:11

15. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


i use jellaxy both on my galaxy ace and on my galaxy tab but jellaxy is based on cm if i recall correctly. anyway, love it!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:09

20. TheMan (Posts: 371; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


So, who was doing the web hosting originally?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:22 2

27. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


The perpetrator is @MrADeveci

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