Message to Daniel_K - Sound Blaster - Creative Labs
Daniel_K: We are aware that you have been assisting owners of our Creative sound cards for some time now, by providing unofficial driver packages for Vista that deliver more of the original functionality that was found in the equivalent XP packages for those sound cards. In principle we don't have a problem with you helping users in this way, so long as they understand that any driver packages you supply are not supported by Creative. Where we do have a problem is when technology and IP owned by Creative or other companies that Creative has licensed from, are made to run on other products for which they are not intended. We took action to remove your thread because, like you, Creative and its technology partners think it is only fair to be compensated for goods and services. The difference in this case is that we own the rights to the materials that you are distributing. By enabling our technology and IP to run on sound cards for which it was not originally offered or intended, you are in effect, stealing our goods. When you solicit donations for providing packages like this, you are profiting from something that you do not own. If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make. Although you say you have discontinued your practice of distributing unauthorized software packages for Creative sound cards we have seen evidence of them elsewhere along with donation requests from you. We also note in a recent post of yours on these forums, that you appear to be contemplating the release of further packages. To be clear, we are asking you to respect our legal rights in this matter and cease all further unauthorized distribution of our technology and IP. In addition we request that you observe our forum rules and respect our right to enforce those rules. If you are in any doubt as to what we would consider unacceptable then please request clarification through one of our forum moderators before posting. Phil O'Shaughnessy VP Corporate Communications Creative Labs Inc. Forum Moderator Creative LabsUsed to liked Creative, but I guess now I would be staying away from them and actually I would refrain from ever recommending their products ever again, to anyone!!! What's sad about this is that them admitting that they knew the devices would have worked on vista but decided not to make it work, but instead sell something that would make it work. But here is this guy who made it work for free, some are saying he shouldn't take donations, well fuck them, everyone has to eat!
Also some of the forum members suggested he get hired, but I bet creative already got the programmers who can make those drivers but were told not to make them as it would drive their customers to buy newer products, Creative can suck dick, never will buy their products again.