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@BANNER 1 = Newsletter Exchange @CREDIT<196>A = by Richard Daggett & Nancy Woolford @ARTICLE HD 1 = ArcWars In the past several months we have come across an appalling amount of verbiage concerning the litigation between SEA and PKARC. Very few, if any, of the 60 or more User Group newsletters we regularly read have not had something to say. The more we read the more it became less clear what the good guy bad guy roles were. The one thing that is patently obvious is that for many this is mostly a gut issue. We would suppose that this emotionalism stems from the fact that this battle is from within the shareware family. Hence it takes on the aura of any civil war and the resulting internecine conflict. A very real concern here is that the BBS users are taking it in the chops by losing (having lost?) a standard in communications. But incompatibility was to be inevitable as a result of the settlement between SEA and Phil Katz: <169>7. Royalties: PK agrees to account monthly and pay to SEA a royalty fee of 6.5% (six and one half percent) of all revenue received for ARC compatible programs on all orders received after the effective date of this Agreement, such revenue including any license fees or shareware registrations received after January 31, 1989, for ARC compatible programs.<170> [reprinted in part from a the Greater Victoria PCUG newsletter]. And this is between the <169>little guys<170> who can't, supposedly, feed the legal industry. What will be the state of standardization when the <169>big fellas<170> get through with the <169>look and feel<170> wars <196> LOFEEWAR for short. Like it or not you, the user, have been dragged into this morass, and you are the ones who are going to have to make some significant decisions. What follows are four diverse commentaries and one letter, by a principle, concerning the Archiving Battle <196> ARCBAT for short. @SUB TITLE = Share Wars II @CREDIT = by Tony Barcellos of the Sacramento PC Users Group via the Palmetto PC User Group @ARTICLE HD 1 = The Empire Strikes Back System Enhancement Associates (SEA) slapped PKWare with a contempt of court charge based on PKWare's continued use of the words <169>archive<170> and <169>archiving<170> in the documentation of his renamed PKPAK and PKUNPAK. Apparently, SEA thinks they own the words as well as the process <196> or believe they have sufficient legal muscle to shut Phil Katz down completely. This time they blew it. SEA originally sued Phil Katz of PKWare for infringing on their archiving program. Part of their claim was that PKARC had the look and feel of ARC and that Katz had copied ARC code in PKARC and PKXARC programs. Katz agreed to a settlement relinquishing the right to market his software after January 1989, to cease using the term ARC and to a press release stating that SEA and PKWare would not disclose any details other than those in the joint release. PKWare renamed the products using <169>PAK<170> to replace <169>ARC.<170> However, the <169>secret<170> papers were filed as public documents in Wisconsin and are now making the rounds via bulletin boards and electronic mail. They contain nothing substantiating pirated code! SEA's size and legal power that forced the issue <196> not legitimacy of SEA's claim. The facts are that both programs drew their compression techniques from public<196>domain algorithms that anyone is free to implement. SEA's famous ARC was sluggish and over priced compared to PKWare's supercharged PKARC and PKXARC, and was rapidly loosing market share. SEA's continued attacks on PKWare and attempts to lock up all aspects of archiving has set off a considerable backlash in the PC community. Electronic petitions are circulating in protest of SEA's legal maneuvering, SEA products are being scrubbed from bulletin boards and ARC deleted from software libraries. SEA forgot one thing when trying to acquire the PC community as its empire. The Empire strikes back! @SUB TITLE = The New Software @CREDIT = from the Greater Victoria PCUG, Edited February has come, and Phil Katz (PKWARE) has brought out his new archiving utility, ZIP version 0.90. Meanwhile System Enhancement Associates (SEA) has released ARC version 6.00. Now everyone is running benchmarks and making comparisons. Definitive pronouncements of the technical aspects of their relative performance I leave to others, I will, however, make some general observations. ZIP is an interesting program produced by a talented programmer. It operates at a speed equivalent to that of PKARC but the data files it generates have returned to a central directory format. It was to escape the restrictions of a central directory that the ARC format was invented in the first place. Compression was an afterthought, not being introduced until version 2 of SEA ARC. ZIP does have one very interesting capability which is not implemented in the present version, that of creating multi<196>disk ZIP files. If Phil Katz can successfully implement it, he will have a good product. For the present, however, the program is in beta release and may contain bugs as did PKARC versions 3.5 and 3.60. It would not be advisable to use it on data that really counts, such as hard disk backups and the like until it is proven. SEA ARC version 6.0 is more than twice as fast as 5.22 and produces files in an utterly reliable format. In addition, there are other utilities such as ZOO, DWC, PAK and whatnot else. Some of these have capacities which make then viable for particular uses. Much can be said about all this, but it can wait till later. @ARTICLE HD 1 = The Lawsuit The SEA <196> PKWARE lawsuit is the first lawsuit between two purveyors of Shareware. It has upset a lot of people, largely because it was so completely unnecessary. That aside, it is a tribute to the many people who have participated in the production and distribution of Shareware over the last six years here in North America that this is the first such lawsuit. In the highly litigatious North American business environment, that is a notable accomplishment. The result of the lawsuit, messy as it was, is unequivocal. Many, many statements have emanated from members of the Katz camp ever since the inception of this action. They have stirred people up and caused no end of trouble. I believe that the people issuing these statements are well<196>intended, but misguided and that the person responsible for the misguiding is Phil Katz. He has not dealt honestly with SEA, nor with the user community. In all probability, he has not dealt honestly with his immediate associates either. A prominent spokesperson for PK is Karen Little, the lady who writes its documentation. She is responsible for publishing the Confidential Cross License Agreement which she found so at variance with her understanding of the situation, an understanding established on the word of Phil Katz. A second spokesperson for Phil is Judy Getts, contributing communications editor to PC World magazine, who has used her editorial platform to rail against SEA without informing her readers that she is a part time PKWARE employee. These people and others have swamped the North American computer networks with messages excoriating SEA. The situation finally degenerated to the point where last fall when Thom Henderson of SEA made a statement for the record about the lawsuit. It is a lengthy statement, designed to answer many of the questions raised throughout. [See below letter by Thom Henderson : Now that it's over, what did it mean?. via the Palmetto UG <196> Eds.] Henderson should not have agreed to terms that the settlement be kept under court seal. The muzzling of the action and suppression of the relevant information enabled Phil Katz to circulate a blizzard of insinuation and innuendo calculated to discredit Thom Henderson and SEA. The snow has yet to stop falling. It would be too much to shovel through the drifts and describe all the flakes. The blizzard hit suddenly and hard, so that only 10 days after the settlement, SEA was back before the court asking for relief. PK had released another version of its software, this time called PKPAK, and SEA argued that its documentation did not conform to the terms of the settlement. I understand that the court agreed and found PK in contempt. The point at issue was the use of the tradename <169>ARC<170>. It is likely that at the time Ms Little wrote the PKPAK documentation which was the point of contention she was unaware of terms of the settlement. The contempt action was brought on Aug 11th and by her own statement, she did not obtain her copy of the Confidential Agreement until August 31 which she writes <169>came as a complete surprise to me<170>. One can only conclude that Phil Katz had failed to direct his employees to act in accordance with the settlement he had just made. Through it all, one thing is clear. Phil Katz is a thief. The fact that he improved upon the software he stole, as he assuredly did, does not alter the fact. People steal cars all the time and give them new paint jobs and maybe even soup them up so they go faster, but they're still hot cars. If you have one, you have received stolen property. Katz had his opportunity to explain his position in court, but balked. He succeeded in suppressing public dissemination of the court proceedings and then through second and third parties took his case before the court of public opinion in as tendentious and mendacious a manner as can be imagined. Throughout he has tried to pass himself off as a small man being victimized by a large corporate entity. [Again see below letter by Thom Henderson <196> Eds.] @ARTICLE HD 1 = The ZIP Dedication In view of how the whole situation has developed, I doubt that we have heard the last from Phil Katz. The latest snow shower in in his release of ZIP. Accompanying the package is the following dedication: <169>The file format of the files created by these programs, which file format is original with the first release of this software, is hereby dedicated to the public domain. Further, the filename extension of .ZIP, first used inconnection with data compression software on the first release of this software, is also hereby dedicated to the public domain, with the fervent and sincere hope that it will not be attempted to be appropriated by anyone else for their exclusive use, but rather that it will be used to refer to data compression and librarying software in general, of a class or type which creates files having a format generally compatible with this software.<170> I suspect this dedication was drafted by Mr. Katz himself and not by a lawyer. It leaves two matters glaringly open. First, what does Phil mean by <169>generally compatible<170>? Most especially, what does he intend to do if someone produces and aggressively markets a program he does not think generally compatible with his but which generates files with a .ZIP extension? Secondly, someone should tell Phil that he does not have the right to dedicate anything to the public domain. All he can do is renounce his own rights to it. If he chooses to do that, someone else can come along and claim them. Me, for instance. This game has already been played out in the attachment of 'Freeware' by Andrew Fluegleman and 'PC<196>DOS' by DEC. Consequently, we have something called Shareware and an IBM Corporation which cannot legally market its operating system under its common semantic designation. As we have now become aware, the dispute over the tradename ARC between SEA and PKWARE may be moot. ARC is a registered trademark of DATAPOINT. It stands for <169>Attached Resource Computer<170> which is a combination hardware software device used with Datapoint's ARCNET system. Datapoint has had the rights on the three letter combination since the 1970's, years before anyone even thought of distributed directory data files. Phil should stick to doing what he does best, programming computers, and delegate ancillary matters to more knowledgeable people. In October of last year, I finished an article on the SEA <196> PKWARE lawsuit with the sentence: <169>I cannot help thinking that this entire imbroglio could have been avoided if he [Katz] had extended a few simple courtesies to deserving parties <196> and utilized the services of a competent business manager.<170> The statement still stands. @SUB TITLE = Now That It's Over, What Did It Mean? @CREDIT = by Thom Henderson, President System Enhancement Associates via the Palmetto PC User Group Now that the dust has settled in the first shareware copyright case, it is time for SEA to make public the facts that many members of the shareware community deserve to know. For the record, SEA is a family owned business. Andy Foray, the company chairman, and Thom Henderson, the company president, are brothers<196>in<196>law. Irene Henderson, the secretary/treasurer and office manager, is Andy's sister and Thom's wife. As the creators, publishers and defenders of the industry standard ARC file compression format, we have always maintained a strong belief in a fundamental concept of shareware <196> that shareware be distributed for free for all non<196>commercial use. To this end, we have never, and will never, charge for the use of ARC in a non<196>commercial environment. We also believe that full program sources should be available, at least to registered users, and we have always made the full ARC sources available to all users. We have also licensed a great many people to use the ARC sources in their own programs. We discovered that PKWARE had obtained our source code without obtaining a license. He modified that code so that the program ran faster and provided several other enhancements. However, the nuts and bolts of the program were done by SEA. That is called piracy, plain and simple. And this industry has no place for pirates. We tried to politely ask PKWARE to obtain a license. He ingraciously told us where to go. We asked our lawyer what we should do. He said we were bound by law to protect our rights to the trademark and copyrights on ARC. If we did not, then anyone could use the ARC trademark and copyrights. It is very much like a candy bar calling itself Hershey. If another company used the Hershey name without permission, you can imagine what would happen. Also, it should be noted that PKWARE did not live up to the high standards set by the shareware industry. He didn't make his source code available. He sought out our market and competed directly for our corporate market by using the funds he had received from non<196>commercial users (whom we would not charge!) He authorized ads with false and misleading comparison statements to run in the magazines we advertised in. And he placed those ads on the same pages as our ads. If we did not protect our investment in the ARC trademark, we would have lost our trademark, our market and our business. Furthermore, the industry would have been left in disarray, as two standards would have emerged. So after Phil Katz told us he would not settle this case like a gentleman, we were forced to ask the courts to settle it for us. We didn't want to go to court. We couldn't afford the lawyers fees. We couldn't afford the time away from programming the updated versions of ARC that will work on other systems, such as Unix, Macintosh, and VM/CMS. And we couldn't afford to create a controversy in an industry that we helped to pioneer. We also couldn't afford to create ill will among users <196> both our users and PKWARE users. But PKware left us no choice. Anyway, the case didn't get very far, thanks to the testimony of an expert witness, John Navas. He looked at the source code of both programs and found, lo and behold, that the PKWARE program was indeed a blatant copy of the SEA code. When Katz heard this, he called us directly <196> bypassing the attorneys <196> and said he wanted to settle. We were only too happy to put a quick end to this. We wanted the facts to come out. Unfortunately, Katz demanded that part of the settlement terms be kept under court seal. We agreed, and we probably should not have, but we did because we wanted to end the case quickly so we could get back to updating and improving ARC. Some of the terms are public: PKWARE cannot distribute the program after January 1, 1989, they cannot substantially change the program (though they can make bug fixes) and if they receive inquiries for the product, they must send out SEA literature. Also, PKWARE is prohibited from creating a new program that is compatible with ARC or PKARC. If those terms sound one<196>sided, then it only goes to prove the extent to which PKWARE felt that it had no legitimate right to its program. After all, why would he give up everything if he was right? He obviously was not above board in this case, even though the settlement terms said he was not admitting fault in any way (a standard legalese ploy). We are a bit perturbed that one of PKWARE's part<196>time employees obtained a copy of the sealed court document, typed it into a file along with numerous typos and loaded it onto several bulletin board systems. She also included her own biased, editorial opinion on the case and its terms. While we don't believe PKWARE had authorized this action, it obviously violates the sense of fair play that we have lived with, at Mr. Katz' request. Now we are faced with several problems. The bulletin board community has heard many comments by people who did not possess the facts of this case, and therefore made ill informed opinions. Those opinions seemed like fact because we did not respond to them while the case was in progress. You are well aware that no party in a legal action can really speak his mind while the action is occurring. Because we didn't respond, people assumed that we were wrong. Well, we weren't wrong and we won't be silent any more. We have begun responding to the outrageous and outlandish opinions expressed against SEA. We realize that people came to the only conclusion possible, given the lack of reliable information about this case. We will respond to any and every comment about this case.We welcome questions and urge people to call us at our office. When the dust settles, no one will doubt our sincerity in trying to do the right thing. We'd also like to clear up a few basic misconceptions that have appeared on the boards: @BULLET = SEA waited too long to take action. Response: The legal world moves slowly. First we have to be aware of the situation, determine that a violation of our copyright existed, try to settle amicably and then take legal action. That takes time. @BULLET = SEA doesn't upgrade it's program. Response: We have updated the program nine times in three years. We have made it available for several other operating systems, such as OS/2 and CP/M. We will continue to upgrade the program to benefit all users on all systems. @BULLET = SEA used the courts when it realized it couldn't compete on raw programming talent. Response: We have a very good program and one that is getting better. We wouldn't be the defenders of an industry standard if we didn't have programming talent to begin with. @BULLET = SEA is a Goliath pursuing a David called Phil Katz. Response: Phil Katz is a not just a person. He is a company, and a big one at that. PKWARE is a bigger company than SEA, despite the fact we publish four programs. We calculate that PKware currently grosses almost $2,000 a day, or about five times what we do. We challenge him to make his audited figures public. @BULLET = PKWARE must be a small company because we hear there are only three employees including his mother. Response: We applaud Mrs. Katz and wish her the best of success. We too are a family run company. Andy Foray and Thom Henderson are brothers<196>in<196>law and Irene Henderson serves as secretary/treasurer. We have hired a programmer and a license manager. We didn't do this because we had a windfall profit, we did this because we needed to stay competitive and to serve new markets. @BULLET = SEA should have pursued the case to a jury trial so a precedent could be set for the industry. Response: We wish we had the money to support our lawyer to take this case to a jury trial conclusion. However, we were eating hot dogs every night and had to take on outside consulting jobs to make ends meet. We needed to end this case before the legal fees devoured our company. Besides, we weren't out to crucify the guy <196> we just wanted him to stop stealing our work. If there are more questions, be assured, we will respond to them. We have also issued a new policy statement regarding the licensing of ARC. It has been uploaded to the IBMSW forum on CompuServe, the utilities/archivers conference on BIX, and has been disseminated to other BBSs as well. The terms probably are the most liberal for any licensing policy for any software company. And if that isn't enough, give us a call and we'll see what we can work out. We welcome the opportunity to better serve the shareware community. We invite your comments and your suggestions. @SUB TITLE = Archiving @CREDIT = by Dex Hart of the Miami PC Users Group, Edited I wrote on archiving utilities in both July and August 1988 and here we go again. Really, it's not that I'm fixated on archiving, it's just that there are some big changes happening you should know about. Recall that <169>archiving<170> means to clump multiple files into one, while also condensing the total combined size to 1/2 or 2/3 of the original size; convenient for downloading multiple<196>file programs, while also minimizing download time. Archived files are identified by the .ARC extension (long, long ago, an older format used the extension .LBR, for library). ARC files were introduced by SEA (Systems Enhancement Associates), but a guy named Phil Katz improved and speeded up archiving utilities to the point where his PKARC and PKXARC were the dominant archiving programs in use. It seems SEA had a patent, however, and sued. Katz quit using the term <169>arc,<170> and called his newer versions PKPAK and PKUNPAK <196> but they were still compatible with older ARC files. If I've got the story right, it seems SEA wasn't too happy with the new versions either, but wanted Katz to quit offering programs compatible with ARC files. Katz signed up to this restriction. Thus was born ZIP. We now have PKZIP and PKUNZIP to archive (I can't think of a better word) and unarchive files. But they won't work on ARC files. You might say, who needs this? Just keep using the old PKARC versions, right? Absolutely. There's only one fly in that ointment <196> all the bulletin boards are converting to ZIP files, often overnight. It seems that most of the SysOps like Katz (a lot). And are not overfond of SEA. All together now, you SysOps ... aim in the direction of SEA and place thumb to nose, ZIP it is. Utilities have appeared overnight (wonder who wrote them?) that convert all ARC files to ZIP files. No, ARC and ZIP aren't compatible, but for such an easy conversion the changes can't be great. I suspect the differences are mostly in the file header, but it doesn't matter. Like it or not, we now have to contend with both types of archiving. For your personal use, continue to use ARC. Phil Katz' latest self<196>splitting file will be on our BBS [Note: This is Miami speaking <196> Ed.] Filename: PKX35A35.EXE (last ARC version) or PK36.EXE (PAK version, compatible with ARC). Phil Katz' new ZIP self<196>splitter (latest version as it is written): PKZ090.EXE. The host of auxiliary programs which formed front<196>ends to Katz' programs have been or probably will be rewritten to accommodate ZIP. Arc Master has already responded; SHARC and others probably will follow. Neat freestanding programs like NARC will probably accommodate both file types (unless the author of NARC gets sued). Overall, this is just a minor irritation we have to get used to. We didn't need it, but there's no escaping the fact we now have two primary types of archived files. At the rate ZIP is taking over, however, there soon may be only one type. If that turns out to be the case, then court decisions notwithstanding, SEA lost and Phil Katz won. And users add another small increase in complexity to their lives. Interesting stuff, but a tip: Keep your PK ARC type programs and get your hands on a copy of the PK ZIP programs. You'll need both (at least for a while) <196> and most of us probably won't ever need anything beyond these two programs. @SUB TITLE = No PKARCing at UCLA @CREDIT = by Peter Chow, President, UCLA User Group The SEA<196>PKWare Saga or the battle of ARChive A little more than four years ago, there was a utility that performed file compression for the purpose of archiving a large body of information. Bulletin Board Systems across the country embraced this utility with great enthusiasm and, soon afterward, it became the de facto standard. The company, because of marketing reasons, made the source code for the product available to the public with a notice allowing others to use it with only prior notification to the company. (The relevant algorithms had been placed previously in the public domain by their respective authors.) Grass<196>root support for this product widened. Users were comfortable with its usage. Many commercial companies licensed it for distribution purposes. The utility to which I am referring is, of course, ARC, produced by Systems Enhancement Associate (SEA). In its infancy, it was a product with many problems, so that fixes and enhancements were made to it frequently. In 1986, another company PKWare, produced a competing product: PKARC/PKXARC. It was a significant improvement over ARC (from SEA) in many ways. In mid<196>1988, SEA initiated legal actions against PKWare citing the <169>look and feel<170> issue and copyright infringement. What ever his reasons were Phil Katz, the author and principal of PKWARE, opted for an out<196>of<196>court settlement and agreed to stop distribution and development of PKARC in January 1989. This has led to the creation of five different compression program formats on the market at this time, none of which is compatible with any of the others. In other words, the direct effect of the SEA action has been that the de facto standard no longer exists. Because of my feelings toward <169>look and feel<170> lawsuits, as well as other specifics concerning the litigation, the East and West UCLA PC UG BBSs will no longer support the SEA ARC format. By mid<196>March (or sooner), all ARC files on both BBSs will be converted to Phil Katz's new format: PKZIP/PKUNZIP. This format is not, repeat not, compatible with PKARC/PKXARC. BBS users must, therefore, do the following: first, download PKZ090.EXE to unarchive any ZIPped files (when you type PKZ090.EXE, the file will <169>unzip<170> itself); second, be sure to keep a backup copy of PKARC/PKXARC available in the event you need to unarchive a previously ARCed file.


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