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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Soulbender
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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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