Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE[4]: Thom has a point...
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 26th Oct 2009 17:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Thom has a point..."
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"There's an established law stating that an OS vendor can legitimately use an EULA to enforce post-sale restrictions on the brand of computer that can be used to run their OS?


No and please don't try to twist things around.
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You set the standard, too late to complain about it now.

Apple is not placing restrictions on the "brand of computer used to run their OS". They're placing restrictions on WHO can bundle OS X with ANY computer and WHAT they can and cannot do with it.


Sorry, but that's not any better. That's like a condiment maker telling restaurants "you can only sell our mayonnaise in sandwiches made with our brand of bread."


And for that yes, there is legal precedent. Look up MDY vs Blizzard.


Not the same thing at all. One - Blizzard sells a service and associated software, they don't sell any hardware last time I checked. Two - Blizzard tried to claim that not abiding by the terms of an EULA amounted to copyright infringement, because they equate loading a program into RAM with copying.

You really want to reference something that inane to back up your argument? By that reasoning, you're liable to OSNews for copyright infringement just as a result of viewing this page. After all, your browser had to make a copy of the page and all of its contents in your computer's memory (and you probably have additional cached copies).

"Don't look now, but Psystar doesn't seem to be having much problem dealing with the consequences.


Has the lawsuit ended? We'll talk when it does.
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Funny, it doesn't seem to have stopped you from speculating.

But I suggest in the meantime you look at how well troll lawsuits worked out for SCO. They're currently bankrupt and the pieces are being taken apart by a judge-appointed overseer.


Since Apple and SCO were the parties who initiated the lawsuits, I can only conclude that you're equating Apple with SCO.

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