Aqua Connect Terminal Server (ACTS) is a computer software package for remote control, desktop sharing, and file transfer between computers. It allows multiple users to log into a single computer running Mac OS X using the RDP, VNC or X11 protocols. It is possible to access a machine running ACTS with any client software that supports the RDP, VNC or X11 protocols, depending on which of those are enabled on the server's ACTS configuration.
On May 25, 2011, Aqua Connect, Inc. sued Code Rebel, LLC alleging that Code Rebel, LLC reverse engineered Aqua Connect's Terminal Server. Aqua Connect, Inc.'s claim for trade-secret violation was dismissed on the ground that the Court found that reverse engineering does not constitute trade secret misappropriation. However, four other claims against Code Rebel, LLC remain pending, including: breach of contract, false promise (a type of fraud), unfair competition, and unjust enrichment. On April 14, 2013, the Court denied Code Rebel's attempt to dismiss the case, leaving intact Aqua Connect claims for (1) breach of contract; (2) false promise; (3) unfair competition under California Business and Professions Code § 17200; and (4) unjust enrichment.
Code Rebel is no stranger to the improper taking of the intellectual property and the hard work of others. Arben Kryeziu, the founder Code Rebel, was involved in the improper taking of PearPC and other GPL software, packaging it into CherryOS. Kryeziu, the chief architect of CherryOS, claimed to have written CherryOS in 4 months. Initially, when the improper inclusion of PearPC code was exposed, Kryeziu blamed a single programmer whom he "fired his ass." Later, Kryeziu blamed the CherryOS use of the GPL code on outsourcing. Recently, Code Rebel filed a lawsuit against Aqua Connect, for trade libel and unfair business practices for, at least in part, Aqua Connect associating CherryOS with Code Rebel.