Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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RE[6]: The App-Starter...
by tupp on Mon 15th Mar 2010 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: The App-Starter..."
tupp
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Apple certainly makes efforts to limit the options of those who are non-Apple users. If Apple's litigation is successful, it could set dangerous precedents.

The Psystar case may have already set one of these dangerous precedents, in spite of the fact that the DMCA-based ruling contradicted fair use laws that have been in place decades prior to the DMCA.

These fair use laws are based on basic trade principles that have existed in the western world for at least a millennium. Apple might have just killed forever these basic laws and principles which protected US consumers for so long, all in the name of dubious legislation that was recently pushed through the US congress by the greedy media lobby. Even more scary is that Apple blatantly abused and twisted the the law to get its way: the DMCA is supposed to prevent media piracy, but Psystar wasn't pirating anything -- Psystar paid full retail for their media.

It will probably take a Supreme Court ruling to correct this travesty of justice/legislation.

No. Time and time again, Apple's actions have demonstrated that it is utterly nefarious. I wouldn't put it past Apple to use any unscrupulous means to stifle competition and to destroy basic consumer rights in the process.

Apple did not invent most of the multi-touch gestures nor did they invent the multi-touch phone. If they want to prohibit and lock-in their stupid users, that is fine, but they should not try to prohibit non-Apple users from enjoying technology that they did not invent.

Edited 2010-03-15 06:45 UTC

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