Google Sends Cease & Desist Order To CyanogenMod ?

CyanogenMod, one of the best and most popular custom Android ROMs available, just got hit with a cease & desist letter from Google. Gasp. Apparently, Google is not happy that CyanogenMod is distributing closed source Android applications like Gmail, Android Market, YouTube, etc.

Could this be Google reacting to Android Market 1.6 being available on CyanogenMod? Or could this be Google acting 'evil' and showing their disapproval towards the rooting process and loading of custom ROM? This definitely makes for some great food for thought.

CyanogenMod explains that he's not breaking any copyright issues because he develops specifically for Google Experience devices (G1 & myTouch 3G), devices that already include said closed source applications. CyanogenMod is trying to initiate conversation with Google, so hopefully they both can come to an agreement.

But hey Google, CyanogenMod is too valuable to the Android community, he's one of the good guys. Trust us, let this one slide.

What do you guys think?

[via engadget]

Casey Chan