Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 22:42 UTC, submitted by anon
Legal The legal back-and-forth between Apple and clone-maker PsyStar continues to develop, with the latest news being a move by Apple - the Cupertino company has invoked something with many already predicted Apple would call upon: the DMCA, or the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. This was done in an amendment to the original suit, filed in July this year.
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RE[4]: Comment by Darkmage
by DrillSgt on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 05:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Darkmage"
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"Let's say I'm building my own custom cars to sell for profit. In order to do this, I decide I need an engine. My engine's suck, but Volvo has a great engine, which I can go and buy at the Volvo dealer, even in bulk."

Actually lets forget all the car analogies. Software works are defined as copyright material. So, let us compare apples to apples, or copyright to copyright.

Under this, Apple is accusing Psystar of modifying software, and distributing it without permission. That would be against the law.

My example for a comparison is a book. Books are copyrighted material. If I buy a copy of a book, I can sell that copy of the book, just as I can sell a copy of software. What I cannot do is re-write a chapter in the book and re-sell the book. That is directly against copyright law. I cannot modify a work and sell it or distribute it without getting proper permission from the author.

So, the book is mine. I bought it. The software is mine, I bought it. With either of them I can sell them, rip them to shreds, use them as coasters, etc. What I cannot do is modify it and distribute it.

Cars do not fall under copyright law, software and books do.

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