Sites offering illegal content on the web is not hard to find at all. We can find almost every illegal content on the net, but Texas Instruments is now issuing warnings to websites who are offering materials that effects their business. The original battle is between TI and calculator hacking community. Hackers as usual broke TI OS locking system for third party programs. Now TI added an encryption check on their new OS 3.0.2 and they don’t want their earlier Operating Systems to be avail in the market or Internet. Thats why TI is asking sites to remove OS version 1.1 from public download.
Here is an email sent to a site that only links to a discussion board that outlines a potential way to run other OSes without additional software on the TI-83:
Re: Illegal Offering of Material to Circumvent TI Copyright Protections
It has come to our attention that the web site http://blog.makezine.com contains material and/or links to material that violate the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). This letter is to notify you, in accordance with the provisions of the DMCA, of these unlawful activities. Pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA, we request that you remove any whole or partial reproductions of and/or disable links to the following:
The discussion entitled “ Fun Number Theory Facts ” located at the following URL http://www.unitedti.org/index.php?showtopic=8888 and the link to the personal website of “brandonw” at http://brandonw.net/.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (“TI”) owns the copyright in the TI-83 Plus operating system software. The TI-83 Plus operating system uses encryption to effectively control access to the operating system code and to protect its rights as a copyright owner in that code. Any unauthorized use of these files is strictly prohibited.
http://blog.makezine.com is distributing or providing links to information (http://www.unitedti.org/index.php?showtopic=8888 and http://brandonw.net/ found at http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/08/ti-83_plus_os_signing_key_cracked.html) that bypasses TI’s anti-circumvention technology. By providing copies of or offering links to such information, http://blog.makezine.com has violated the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA at 17 U.S.C. §§ 1201(a)(2) and 1201(b)(1).
Please confirm to the undersigned in writing no later than noon on **/**/**** that you have complied with these demands. You may reach the undersigned by telephone at ***-***-**** or by email at **********@ti.com. TI reserves all further rights and remedies with respect to this matter.