Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Nov 2009 22:32 UTC
Legal As Murphy's Law dictates, this news was destined to come while I'm down and out with the flu, while being miserable on the couch. Dragged my bum to the computer for this one (my iPhone alerted me, oh the irony): Apple has scored a major win in its case against Psystar. Judge William Alsup more or less agreed with just about everything Apple said, granting Apple's motion for a summary judgement. Instant update: Mind, though, that this ruling only covers Leopard. Snow Leopard will be handled in the Florida case.
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RE[3]: Crushing
by Abstract on Mon 16th Nov 2009 17:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Crushing"
Abstract
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2009-10-24

The only question is about what powers any software supplier (not just Apple) should have. Should they, in particular, have the power to set as a condition of purchase and use of their software, where you source the some or all of the hardware you run it on? Should they be able to ban you from using some hardware for no other reason that they do not care for where you bought it?

This is the issue. Think hard and long before you say yes, of course. Think long and hard about who might like to have such powers, and what they might use them for. Hint: its not Apple.


The answer is Yes. If a company requires my agreement to Terms and Conditions that I am not willing to accept in order to use their product, then guess what I don't purchase their product therefore I do not use their product. This is one of the things I love the most about Capitalism and that is freedom in the sense I am allowed to choose wether or not I want to purchase and/or use any product. I am not forced to use any Company's product (excluding Utility Companies (gas, electric, etc..), for obvious reasons).

As I have stated before, a restriction is a restriction regardless of the degree/amount in which you are restricted. Spit or swallow, but pick one can't have both in this case.

Either you want absolutely no restrictions, (and yes this would include being forced to also GPL the code you added to an existing project under the GPL as a restriction) or you are Ok with allowing software developers to place a restriction on how their software / code is used.

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