Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 23:08 UTC
Legal A few days ago, technology blog Valleywag's launched its Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt, a sort-of contest in which people with evidence of the existence of Apple's much-rumoured tablet could win large sums of money. Apple apparently wasn't amused, as the company resorted to its usual tactic whenever it doesn't like something in the press: litigation, litigation, litigation.
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Read the letter, stupid
by mlankton on Fri 15th Jan 2010 03:30 UTC
mlankton
Member since:
2009-06-11

Once again I am stunned by the rocket scientists on OSnews. I followed the /. link and read the cease and desist letter.

1. It's the friendliest c&d letter I ever saw
2. They're absolutely right
3. The law is the law

For whatever reason a (vocal) segment of the internet community loves to hate Apple. No one is holding a gun to anyone's head to go buy any Apple product. What exactly is so compelling about the way Apple protects their product that it turned into such a circus?

I don't really get the vehement anti-Apple sentiment. I guess hating Apple is cool like hating Microsoft used to be cool. Whatever, they both make product I either want or I don't. The rest smells like envy.

Don't like the way Apple protects their brand? Don't buy their product. Just quit crying about it.

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RE: Read the letter, stupid
by Gone fishing on Fri 15th Jan 2010 05:26 in reply to "Read the letter, stupid"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

You have odd idea of a friendly letter. It isn't rude but nothing is friendly from the "illegal nature" "Apple demands" "You immediately inform" to the "Apple reserves the right to seek any and all remedies against you"

I think the thing that pisses me off most about Apple is the hypocrisy I fed up of seeing Steve Wozniak on the tube glorying in the hacker / cracker origins of Apple and taking the piss out of MS and IBM for being so uncool and anti hacker.

Then Apple becoming the most litigious, pole up the arse, protect our IP bull shit company on planet earth.

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RE[2]: Read the letter, stupid
by shotsman on Fri 15th Jan 2010 08:33 in reply to "RE: Read the letter, stupid"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

I'm sure there are a few patent troll companies who have files suit in East Texas who will disagree with you about the protect all IP statement you made.
I agree that Apple is overly protective but on the other hand they do contribute to quite a few FOSS projects in some of which they have opened up their precious IP to the FOSS world.

If there is no iTablet then the site that has been 'giving prizes etc' is probably breaking one or more laws of a far serious nature than the DMCA.

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RE[2]: Read the letter, stupid
by memson on Fri 15th Jan 2010 10:41 in reply to "RE: Read the letter, stupid"
memson Member since:
2006-01-01

You have odd idea of a friendly letter. It isn't rude but nothing is friendly from the "illegal nature" "Apple demands" "You immediately inform" to the "Apple reserves the right to seek any and all remedies against you"


Are you reading the same letter? They are exactly as the OP stated - reasonable, but protecting their lawful rights. It's a frakkin' cease and desist letter. What did you expect? Doilies, cream cakes and fluffy kittens?

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I heard a crack pusher recently moved into an apartment you moved out of several years ago; naturally, that must mean your evil and mixed up in illegal drugs right?

I think if you take a moment to look at Apple's current staffing, you'll find that Mr Wozniak has not worked there in quite some time. Your slamming him because of what the company has done since he left? Seriously?

By all means, take issue with how Apple does business but take a few minute to see what Mr Wozniak has been doing since. One has to respect The Woz for still being a hacker (in the truest meaning) and what he's done since then. (I don't see Mr Jobs teaching computing to kids.)

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Woodwork squeaks...
by Soulbender on Fri 15th Jan 2010 09:51 in reply to "Read the letter, stupid"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

...and out comes the apple apologists.

They're right? about what? that people aren't allowed to speculate on coming products?
it's the law? Seriously? The law says I can't speculate about apples product or ask for proof of their existance? hmmm..lI could almost swear there's another real law in effect here and you might have heard of it. it's called freedom of speech and it's quite well known.
just because a laywer sends you an email it doesn't mean what he wants is legal or even have anything to do with the law.

Edited 2010-01-15 09:51 UTC

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RE: Woodwork squeaks...
by REM2000 on Fri 15th Jan 2010 13:57 in reply to "Woodwork squeaks..."
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

this also gets tired, that no one is allowed to put out their own opinion of apple as if it's positive in anyway then they are an apologist.

No one is saying they can't speculate what apple might be coming out with, what they are saying is that it's wrong to offer cash prizes to people who break a signed contract with apple (NDA).

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