Threatening mail by Yellowtab
Update 2005-08-20, 14:53:
The comments in the german BeOS user group website forums that are linked in the update below have been deleted by Ralf Schülke, an other admin of that website. They have NOT been deleted by Bernd Korz. Ralf Schülke said in chat that he did this in order to keep the website clean, and due to (but not on behalf of) the person who posted those comments. Quote: "das die debug solange wie ich da was entscheiden kann, auch sauber bleibt" and "er macht nur Ärger".
Update 2005-08-20, 14:16:
Nothing related to AVM, ISDN, DVB-T or SATA development that is described in this blog is covered by a NDA signed with Yellowtab. In his email, Bernd Korz refers to another incidence that is unrelated to this blog, when threatening to sue me after he got angry about the AVM article I wrote.
Bernd Korz is admin of the german BeOS user group website, and of cause the Yellowtab.com and Yellowtab.de websites. Multiple comments posted there, which tried to link to this blog, have been deleted. Some of them are mirrored here:
My original posting in the Yellowtab.de forum AVM thread (HTML)
One posting in the Beusergroup.de forum (image)
A new thread in the Beusergroup.de forum (image)
Original article 2005-08-19, 20:28:
After I read the third comment to the previous blog posting yesterday morning, I was fairly sure that it had been posted by Bernd Korz, the one mentioned in the article. The comment is the one that starts with "One of that projects you started and never finished. Well you are such a person." The phrases used, typical spelling mistakes, background knowledge that shows through, omission of facts, date and time of posting, etc. everything seemed to indicate that it was written by him. Judging other comments and responses, many people assume the same. I wasn't sure if it was really him, because I thought that he wouldn't be so mad at me to do such a nutty thing like posting the comment.
I didn't contact him, and I didn't ask. But I noticed that the single comment as pointer to the blog article, that I had left in the original thread at Yellowtab forum, had been deleted at about the same time.
Well, yesterday evening I recieved an outrageous email from Yellowtab, written by their CEO/CVO Bernd Korz. Now I'm even more sad about Yellowtab's behaviour. Threatening me in such a perfidious way, while at the same time selling Zeta, which contains drivers that I wrote for BeOS and were available free of charge.
At the beginning of the mail, he denies to have written the comment in my blog. Then he acknowledges to have deleted my comment in the Yellowtab Forum. He goes on by explaining that he had to pay for the hardware that AVM provided. After that, he says that he has no interest in what I do, write or post, and that he doesn't want to deal with me anymore, pretending to speak for all Yellowtab developers.
Now the ugly part starts. Using an alleged NDA (non disclosure agreement) breach, he promises to undertake everything that is possible to sue me. He claimes that even this mail is protected by the NDA that I signed with Yellowtab, but I'm certain that it doesn't apply here. At the end, he says that a copy of that mail was sent to their lawyer, who is now checking legal measures against me.
I don't know why he payed for the AVM hardware, but as far as I remember, it was provided by AVM as a loan. I still keep the two cards that I got in save custody. When I last inquired at Yellowtab about two years ago how I could return it, I was told that there was no need to. Still, paying for hardware is no reason to not do business, or to act crazy like this.
I understand that details like this don't look bright for Yellowtab. But I spent much time with development of BeOS software and drivers, and I really don't like to be threatened like this after all what I did. Yellowtab is acting very very treacherous. If you want to deal with them, keep their mail in mind.
I think I provided much benefit for Yellowtab during the last years, by developing software, and also by testing and reporting bugs. Some got fixed, most didn't. I was also busy getting DVB-T to work on Zeta, but I'll stop that now, and make sure that it will run on BeOS R5 and Haiku, but not on Zeta.
There is only one secure way to prevent an email from beeing published: don't write it. The complete and unaltered mail is reproduced below.
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:06:02 +0200
From: Bernd Korz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
auch wenn es den Anschein hat was das Posting auf deinem Blog angeht so ist es nicht von mir. Was ich getan habe ist Dich auf dem yT.com Forum zu sperren und ich habe auch Deinen Beitrag dort gelöscht.
Ich weiss nicht was ich oder yT Dir getan hat aber ich denke wir waren immer Hilfreich. Falls Du es nicht weisst: ICH habe damals die gesamte Hardware an AVM bezahlen müssen. 1500 Euro und ich habe zu der Zeit GAR KEIN GELD gehabt. Ich habe es monatlich abbezhalt.
Warum auch immer Du so bist wie Du bist, Du wirst Deine Gründe haben. Mich interessiert es nicht wirklich. Was auch immer Du postest oder machst oder nicht machst, auch das interessiert mich nicht.
Ich will Dir nur sagen das ich mit Dir nichts mehr zu tun haben möchte, und hier spreche ich auch im Namen ALLER Entickler von yT. Du hast schon als Betatester Deinen NDA gebrochen weil Du so vergrellt bist und nun wetterst Du schon wieder, das ist sehr sehr schade denn ich denke wir haben uns wirklich bemüht Dir zu helfen.
Ich lasse gerade rechtlich prüfen in wie weit wir gegen Dich vorgehen können. Auch deshalb weil Du ja den NDA gebrochen hast. SOLLTE yT die Möglichkeit haben Dich zu verklagen so kann ich Dir versichern das ich ALLES daran setzen werde das es passieren wird. Denn Du spielst ein sehr unfaires Spiel und ich werde dem nun rechtlich entgegenwirken.
Diese email ist unter NDA und ich hoffe das Du nicht schon wieder den Fehler machst und es veröffentlichst. Ich habe diese email als CC an unseren Juristen geschickt der gerade rechtliche Schritte gegen Dich prüft.
Bernd Thorsten Korz
CVO/CEO yellowTAB GmbH