Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Chris Lanier Says "MediaPortal Steals Code from WebGuide4 Developer

Chris Lanier is reporting that the MediaPortal team stole images and code from WebGuide4 for MCE. From his blog:
"Yesterday I posted about the possibility that MediaPortal might have just ripped off WebGuide4 by Doug Berrett. Today, thanks to everyone we find out that this is looks to be sadly true. Stolen images, code altered (non open source) just enough to throw off the eye. Same features, same UI, all stolen! MP's post from yesterday now gone, coverup!"

Media Portal has responded on their website as follows:
"We've made a big mistake with the webinterface for the tvserver.
As some of you might already have heard, it contains some parts of webguide4. To be clear, these parts are gfx only and NOT code. The reason this happened is because during development we borrowed the gfx layout of webguide4 with the intention to replace all the gfx with MP's own ones before releasing.
Sadly.. we forgot to replace some of the gfx and remove gfx we didnt use.
We would like to apologize to the author of WebGuide4 for this mistake.
All layout files like gfx/css styles/scripts etc have been removed from SVN for now until we found out which ones are left-overs from WebGuide4 and need to be replaced with our own graphics/styles. "

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