Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:52 UTC
Editorial Every few years we geeks have our own kind of popcorn show to watch: tech companies showing teeth to one another. This time around, it's Palm vs Apple. In all seriousness though, how ethical is the battle around iTunes?
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Think of the case of MAC addresses and home routing devices. The first three bytes of the MAC address identify the vendor.


Does this mean that every device shipped by these vendors is in violation of IEEE vendor assignments? Other than some rumblings from Comcast years ago, this has never been big news.

To be fair, there is a big difference. The vendors of equipment that allows MAC address spoofing simply give the user the ability to override the MAC address... They don't provide a competitors MAC address hardcoded into their equipment.

It is the user, not the vendor, that is changing the MAC address - and since the user isn't the one who registered for a MAC address they have violated no agreements.

That said, you bring up a good point. If Palm were to provide a mechanism on the Pre to input a "Custom USB ID" then they could in effect sidestep the whole USB licensing issue. Their users would need to acquire and input Apple's USB ID - but Palm would be off the hook and could continue promoting their device as USB compliant.

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