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Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:10 pm

Just got an email from Lite-On IT, asking us to remove KProbe and LtnSSD. I will probably remove LtnSSD as its an internal tool but KProbe? Seriously?

January 4, 2012
LITE-ON IT CORPORATION
14th F, 392 Ruey Kuang Road,
Neihu, Taipei 114,
Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel: +886-2-8798-2886 Fax: +886-2-8798-2822

Via Email

Demand Letter
Dear Sir/Madame,

Please be kindly advised that we, Lite-On IT Corporation. are requesting immediate resolutions of exhibition for downloading of our own FA tool, Ltn SSD V1.8.16 and KProbe2 v2.5.2 (“Tool”) which based on your online website (See Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2).

Please be kindly advised that we are in attempt to settle this matter and your immediate cooperation and assistance would be more than appreciated. Unless you promptly withdraw all online exhibitions of our Tool and materials, we will have no alternative but to exercise whatever legal rights to recover our damage. All of the legal rights and remedies are expressly reserved. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to hearing from you a prompt and satisfactory response of this matter.

Very truly yours,

_______________________
May Chiu
Chief Legal & IP Officer
Lite-On IT Corporation

Exhibit 1:

Resource1:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/Start-download/M ... .8.16.html
Date: 2012/01/04

Exhibit 2:

Resource 2:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/KProbe/

Date: 2012/1/04
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Dartman on Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:56 am

Why do they care about probe, I don't think anyone even uses it anymore and when was the last time they updated it? I used it back in the day but there are a lot of better tools now so?!
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:07 am

Yeah, I'm not sure what the deal is with KProbe. Maybe they feel it devalues their Plextor branded drives and Plexutilities? Like you said, there are a lot of better tools out there now. I've even stopped using it for reviews. As far as LtnSSD goes, its actually a very useful tool. As far as I know, its currently the only way to do a secure erase of a PLDS SSD outside of booting into Linux and using something like Parted Magic. Would be nice if they made a more consumer friendly utility available like OCZ and some others do.

Anyway, here was our response:

Dear Mr. Huang,

After consulting with our legal team, we’ve decided to remove LtnSSD from the download section of our website. With KProbe advertising itself as being “free and public software” we will not be removing it at this time. We understand that this “tool” was written by one of Lite-On’s employees. However, it has been publicly available for years and can be downloaded from thousands of websites.

Hopefully our removal of LtnSSD will satisfy your demands. If not, we look forward to hearing from you so that we can settle this amicably.
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby redk9258 on Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:13 pm

You would think they would be more concerned with modded firmware and flashers.
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby stix on Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:58 pm

Ian, is your legal team the same guy that posed with the hat for your avatar?
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:27 am

stix wrote:Ian, is your legal team the same guy that posed with the hat for your avatar?


Yes, its him and my cat. :lol:
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:41 pm

In case anyone is wondering, I still have not heard back from Lite-On's legal team.
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Dartman on Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:24 pm

I'm sure your loosing sleep over this...You'll have to sick your crack legal team on them if it continues :wink:
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:59 pm

Yeah, I'm not too worried considering I'm working on three reviews for them.
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby stix on Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:05 pm

Why not take down the KProbe, especially if it isn't mission-critical to CDRLabs? You could tell them you'll take it down if they give all of us free blu-ray burners and SSDs for life. :wink:
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Dartman on Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:45 pm

Works for me...hint, hint...nudge, nudge...
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:24 pm

I think we're finally seeing some fall out from this...
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby SithTracy on Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:17 am

Uh oh... that does not sound too good.
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:26 pm

Sorry... false alarm.
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby fiveseven57 on Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:50 am

Ian wrote:Sorry... false alarm.

Hi I have a old PLDS ssd with problem,Can you send me the ltnssd software in personal ? thanks a lot !
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby fiveseven57 on Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:53 am

Ian wrote:Sorry... false alarm.

my email is 79243644@qq.com thanks a lot!
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Re: Lite-On IT Requests Removal Of KProbe And LtnSSD

Postby Ian on Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:34 pm

fiveseven57 wrote:Hi I have a old PLDS ssd with problem,Can you send me the ltnssd software in personal ? thanks a lot !


Sorry, I still can't give it out.
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