Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 18:28 UTC
Apple "I think that Apple could be just as strong and good and be open, but how can you challenge it when a company is making that much money?", Wozniak told a crowd in Sydney, according to ITNews. They'd score so many brownie points the internet would explode.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Soulbender,

"Why do people think this is rocket science? Apple don't have to support these systems. Besides, making your own hackintosh from your own retail DVD is perfectly legal."


Legal yes, you're almost certainly not breaking a law. But it is against the TOS, so it becomes a civil matter. The big question is whether these kinds of license agreements would stand up in court. Given that courts are all over the place these days, I honestly don't think I could predict any outcome. Since apple has not been prosecuting end users for violations, we may never find out.


"It's just that it's not legal for someone else to make and sell hackintoshes."

It was very long ago and I barely remember the case at all, but I don't remember there being a law against what psystar was doing? At the end, psystar was selling hardware, macos, and it's own shim software *separately* so customers were installing macos themselves, and to be honest I was very tempted to buy one myself. But apple kept suing and kept winning till there was nothing left of it's little hardware competitor.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The big question is whether these kinds of license agreements would stand up in court.


I'm pretty sure post-sales restrictions aren't legal and that's what this essentially is. Presuming that I have purchased a copy of a a DVD set Apple has no valid contractual means by which to restrict what I do in private. It's not like I'm renting or leasing the DVD's.
Granted I'm not entirely up on the DMCA but since I don't live in a corporate fascist state I don't have to.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Soulbender,

"I'm pretty sure post-sales restrictions aren't legal and that's what this essentially is."

Yea, but then go take a look at the Sony v GeoHot case where restriction violations were the basis of Sony's case. There were so many bad rulings on so many fronts with that judge - Sony's judge shopping and highly contorted jurisdictional maneuvering paid off.

http://www.techspot.com/news/42878-judge-lets-sony-access-geohots-p...

So I really do think the answer to "what would the courts say?" is unpredictable and depends on which judge is answering the question. They each have their own understanding & bias of the case.

In my own opinion, copyright law should only apply when a person creates copies of something in excess of their fair use rights - this is really basic stuff. The DMCA is an example of an unpopular and undemocratic law that corporations simply bought, it highlights the systemic corruption that we see over and over again.

This video says it all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlPQkd_AA6c
"Corporations Are People, My Friend."

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