Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Apr 2009 21:31 UTC
Legal "It's possible to use Apple's iPods and iPhone with third-party software, and BluWiki's users wanted to make sure the world could find out how. Apple, however, was not fond of the situation and threatened BluWiki with legal action if the information was not removed. Now, BluWiki's operators are suing Apple in hopes of protecting the free speech of their users and getting a declaratory judgment that posting information does not violate the DMCA."
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tyrione
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2005-11-21

I have an iPod (Nano), and I've made a number of iTunes purchases.

No more. When my iPod gives out, I'm replacing it with a competing product.

I no longer buy from iTunes, thanks to their locked-in formats and DRM.

And, gee, thanks Apple, for allowing me to pay you more for the priveledge to unlock those tunes.

To which I say "why don't y'all ... take your paid-for-DRM-unlocker ...... and shove it up your @ss!!".

Besides, the better tunes I purchased from iTunes I've burned to CDs, and then subsequently ripped those from CDs, effectively stripping out the crap, for free. It takes some time, but that's worth it to me, because stupid-@ss Apple can't screw me anymore.

So, I purchase all my mp3s from Amazon or eMusic - no DRM, no locked in formats, no limitations.

And now all this stuff with them trying to limite people's free speech. I really hope the counter suit reams Apple.

All that said, I do realize that Apple offers premium products - slick, sexy, relatively high quality. But all that comes at a price - extra $$$, as well as sacrificing one's fair use rights.

And I want Apple to succeed - they give good competition to MS. I just want them to succeed in a less lock-in oriented, less consumer hostile, less-overzealous lawyers, fashion.

Just put out a great product at a fair price with fair use licensing, and all things will be just dandy. And try to do it without going around suing people for their free speech.

Until Apple does all those things, they can just stuff it!


Send the working one to me. Too bad you were cheap and didn't get the iPod Touch. I could use an extra dev device.

For every Linux [I'm writing on Debian 2.6.29] zealot whining about Apple giving away their entire central software management system for the mobile platforms division, I'll cite you one million happy customers.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

For every Linux [I'm writing on Debian 2.6.29] zealot whining about Apple giving away their entire central software management system for the mobile platforms division, I'll cite you one million happy customers.

One *hardly* needs to be a Linux zealot to object to Apple's heavy handed tactics.

Please cut the name calling and stick to the topic at hand.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Linux had nothing to do with the topic at hand--I say had, since I'm sure it will now with your attempt to derail the conversation.
Rather than derail the conversation, give an honest answer about what you think of Apple's antics when it comes to lock-in and suing anyone who attempts to find a way around it, or uses their devices in a way they don't want you to. It comes back to the post-sale restriction idea, though Apple's lawyers are clever enough to invoke the DMCA to conveniently mask this fact. So, on topic... Do you actually agree with Apple's behavior? Answer honestly... if Apple will let you, that is. The real issue here isn't which system people are using, it's Apple's behavior and the precedent it is likely to set.

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