Dean Kent van Real World Technologies (bekend van z'n Silicon Investor industry updates) heeft een artikeltje geschreven over de recente berichten dat AMD de verkoop van overgeklokte Athlons zou verbieden. Volgens Dean gaat het om een simpele trademark kwestie en wordt het hele verhaaltje zwaar opgeblazen door de betrokken leveranciers:
My own opinion is that this is a classic case of some vendors getting their overzealous hands caught in the cookie jar, and trying to cloud the real issue in an attempt to exhonerate themselves. There is absolutely no indication that AMD is trying to stop overclocking, nor the sale of 'golden fingers' devices. In fact, the action is completely consistent with standard trademark protections in this, and every other, industry, as far as I can tell.
Lest I be misunderstood, I must make my position perfectly clear. There should be absolutely no objection from AMD or anyone else regarding an individual's right to overclock or modify his or her own processor. There should also be no objection or legal issues regarding a business that offers the service of modifying or overclocking an individuals own processor. In fact, there should be no problem with a company that purchases processors in quantity and sells them as Joe's Souped-Up Processors.
On the other hand, there is a problem with a company that promotes itself as an 'authorized AMD reseller' and then proceeds to sell modified Athlon processors, without the authorization of AMD. This would be akin to an authorized Ford dealer selling modified Mustangs with non-Ford parts, without being a Factory Authorized Ford Technician. Authorization is given as a result of specific training and comes with specific restrictions - such as using only factory-authorized parts.
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