14 February 2009

Sure, you bought that, but you don’t own it.

Apple Wants To Make Jailbreaking Worthy Of Jail Time, $2500 Fine

News broke yesterday that Apple filed an objection with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s filing with the Copyright office that the government should allow iPhone owners to change the phone’s software, or “jailbreak” the phone. This stems from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (and don’t even get me started on that) which bans people from breaking technical protections for copyrighted materials (DVD encryption, for instance).

According to the above NY Times article:

“Apple argues that its copyright is infringed, in part because its reputation and potential to profit from iPhone sales in the future is hurt because jailbroken phones may be more subject to bugs and security flaws.”

Wait, what? Who really owns the phone? You bought it, they got their money, what business is it of theirs what you do with it? They can’t tell me that I can’t install Linux and Windows on my MacBook (which I have), why can they say that you can’t change the iPhone to have applications that they don’t deem “appropriate”?

Let’s look at this from another point:

Can Dodge tell me that I can’t put a different stereo in my car? No.

Can Cuisinart tell me what kind of coffee I can put in my coffee maker? No.

Can Moleskine tell me that the words I write in their notebooks have to be pure and to their specifications so as not to damage their “chain of trust”? Of course not.

I am so tired of companies (even ones whose products I use and enjoy, Apple), trying to squeeze every last effin’ dollar out of you any way that they can. People paid for the damn phone, they own it. If it breaks in four years after the warranty is expired, don’t expect Apple to buy them a new phone, because it’s not their problem. But if you install a piece of software on the damned thing that they don’t approve of they can send you to JAIL?

This country needs a slap to the head and an enema, stat.

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