Despite Iomega's current action in the Federal Court (see ARN April 8, page 1), Taurbet Media, the newly established master distributor for storage vendor Nomai, has gone ahead distributing XHD disks.
While Iomega claims the importation and sale of Nomai's XHD disks has infringed its copyright and trade mark as well as contravened the Trade Practices Act, Taurbet's managing director Carlton Duston has reported that channel sales of the 100Mb XHD cartridges commenced on May 1 from its new warehouse facilities at Chatswood, Sydney.
Having confirmed the appointment of WA-based J Mills Distribution as a Nomai distributor, Duston told ARN that Taurbet is actively looking for more channel partners and sub-distributors.
In a tongue-in-cheek statement, Taurbet revealed four possible scenarios in which XHD disks could cause damage to Zip Drives:
1. If the user doesn't remove the disk from the jewel case before attempting to insert it into the drive2. If users in possession of a hydraulic press compress any more than two disks and insert them into a drive3. Use of sledge hammers, air compressors or projectile launchers to insert the disks4. Standing on the drive while inserting the disk.
Iomega's country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Peter Dawson, said: "Duston's comments are predictable given Nomai's track record around the world of trying to capitalise on our success."
He added that Iomega is committed to protecting its legal rights and what it believes to be the best interests of its customers and resellers. Dawson also posed the question of the alternative disk distributor.
"Replacing any failed disk is one thing, but will they [Taurbet] refund the cost of a damaged drive or any lost data?"