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Owner of CyanogenMod Domain Shutting Down Sites After Asking Team for $10,000 (Update)

The CyanogenMod team took to their blog and Facebook page a few minutes ago to explain some shocking news to the Android community. Back in the day, before CyanogenMod was the huge name that we know of it today, CyanogenMod.com was purchased and donated to the CM team since things were smaller back then. The same person has been in charge of the large domain for the past 3 years, but that person is now erasing Cyanogen’s website and shutting things down across the web as we speak. 

In their blog post the team says that the owner of the domain name was caught impersonating Steve Kondik, the creator of CyanogenMod, and using that false name to do some shady referral deals. The team approached the owner to ask to take control of the domain and he declined, saying that he would like $10,000 for it. Something that the CM team neither had the money to do or wanted to do in the first place.

So the team switched over the accounts of the social networks that they could and they were emailed the following statement in response:

“Hi, so you think by removing all my access across the infrastructure was going to be a great idea? We had a chat yesterday, you’ve decided to end this bitter. How about I just change the DNS entries right now. CM will practically go down.”

Today, he has started to do that and the CM team explains that their web presence is “slowly expiring out of the Internet and being replaced by blank pages and non-existing sites.” They also mentioned that from now until further update, any @cyanogenmod.com emails should be considered discontinued.

The team is in the process of getting the control of their domain and presence back, but who knows how long that will take or if they will. We are unsure of how this will affect people from downloading some of their favorite ROMs as of yet, but CM said in their post that they will keep us posted. The final part of their post stressed that their goal with CyanogenMod is not a monetary gain and that they were “deeply hurt” by this whole situation.

It’s shocking to see something like this happen to CyanogenMod, one of the biggest players in the Android development game. We hope that this gets resolved quickly so that the developers for CyanogenMod can get back to doing what they love.

Update: According to the accused party’s Twitter account, they will be relinquishing the domain back to the CM team after all. “#Devpocalypse2012″ has been averted.

Via: CyanogenMod Blog

  • http://twitter.com/FakeNeo Scott Anderson

    Same thing happened to us at DroidMod (before we had that name). We suvived :)

  • s0uth

    ID fraud should be a death penalty. Lol.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh Tripathy

    Seems like its not really been fair to the alleged “extortionist”. Immature people all up in arms after listening to a possibly altered, one-sided story.

    Read this:

    https://plus.google.com/116028512018932696380/posts/4gDX3HygM3E

    • Morpheus

      Good on him for the way he handled this. Guy deserves a lot of respect for being mature and handling the situation the way he ultimately did.

  • http://twitter.com/DrewsifStalin Dr. Ewsif Stalin

    NOTIFY THE STATE POLICE AND THE CYBER POLICE. YOU DUN GOOFED

  • CapnShiner

    All the CM team has to do is get the name trademarked and then they would be able to get any infringing domains seized. I used to work for Go Daddy and there is a process in place for that. If someone can prove they own the rights to a name they can seize any domain that contains that name and the person they seize it from doesn’t even get a refund.

    • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

      doesn’t work internationally bud.

      • CapnShiner

        Does too, if they have international rights.

  • Morpheus

    This guy’s side of the story is already going to be obvious. He technically bought and owns the domain, and even though it wasn’t even worth the money he paid for it when he originally bought it, he probably went to the CM team and asked for some sort of deal where he got a financial benefit and they declined.

    His position will be that he, rightfully, owns the domain. The counter is that he had nothing to do with the domain’s increase in value because that is 100% a result of the CM team. What his ownership of the domain thus equates to is nothing other than cybersquatting, which (at least in the U.S.) there are laws against. See link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting

    Owning a domain name does not entitle someone to any financial windfall due to the domain’s increase in value as a result of someone else’s work. The guy’s side of the story is going to be predictable, especially since that is the constant theme he has been reiterating on his twitter feed. (NOTE: I am an attorney, but a tech enthusiast and do not specialize in IP laws nor should this be considered legal advice).

  • tesseract

    This just proved what we always knew, the CM is run by a bunch of immature little kids, and this is why I want no part of that ROM. There are plenty of other good roms to choose from…

    • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

      and most of them use CM as a source. /facepalm.

  • Hatyrei

    wow…:(,. Thanks God. :)

  • FortitudineVincimus

    internets drama

  • Leo G

    sue his a$$.

  • George264

    Oh hey, seems like the guy is giving back cyanogenmod.com. Well.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    UPDATE: The accused party has emailed the CyanogenMod team and agreed to relinquish control of the CyanogenMod.com domain. Although he had a much different story than what was initially posted by the CM team, he has decided not to voice his opinion, instead opting to “wash his hands and move on.”

    http://phandroid.com/2012/11/14/cyanogenmod-extortion-attempt/

  • wm snyder

    first aokps infected now this,just when 4.2 was released . any theories?

    • George264

      2012. O.O

  • None

    His name seems to be Ahmet Deveci, from London.

  • zunfooo

    Those guys look like they like to have a good ole time.

    http://www.Privacy-Webz.tk

  • PhillipCun

    Honestly, Cyanogenmod should change their name which will make cyanogenmod.com 100% useless.

    Domain names that add dashes or are .net .org or whatever will make users even more confused especially now that Cyanogenmod is SEO optimized for that name. He can still keep this site up and make fool people, so I highly recommend a total name change

  • Havoc70

    String up the little Douchebag! Where is Anon when you need em?

  • http://twitter.com/jdhas jdhas

    There are assholes, and then there are ASSHOLES.

    This guy falls squarely in the latter camp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

    Looks like they found a new (temporary?) home: http://www.cyanogenmod.org/

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Wow….watching this unfold just on Twitter, this is going to get U-G-L-Y.

  • joejoe5709

    Ridiculous. He couldn’t have waited until after 4.2 to pull this crap? Lol. I kid, I kid. I know there are probably two sides to the story but this guy sounds pretty shady. Once CM recovers, they will be better off by not dealing with this jerk.