Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd May 2011 20:36 UTC
Legal Apple has responded to the recent patent threats again iOS application developers by Lodsys. Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, sent a letter to Lodsys CEO Mark Small detailing why the threats are baseless. Apple claims they have a license to the patents in question, and that the iOS application developers are mere customers - not distributors.
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RE[2]: A rough translation
by Laurence on Tue 24th May 2011 07:46 UTC in reply to "RE: A rough translation"
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Coming from one of the heavy-weight 300 pound gorillas in the room that right there can be quite helluva daunting.

I deeply dislike Apple and their behaviour generally and while I understand that they're doing this only to keep developers using their App Store I still applaud them for doing the right thing, even if not for the correct reasons.

I'd applaud them more if they weren't being so hypocritical.

It seems in "Apple-land", they have the right to hold patents and thus sue competing organizations where as nobody else is allowed to.

I guess the key difference here is that Lodsys aren't actually competing on anything - so if I had to pick sides I would hope for Apple. However the hypocrisy is still hard to swallow.

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