Defective by Design

"Apple are the friendly face of DRM"

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2006-06-21 21:35

Yesterday, Ian Clarke, one of our LA Freedom Fighters wrote:

Attacking Apple effectively will have much more impact than making a smaller impact on a number of companies/organizations that include Apple. Apple has built a brand based on user and creator friendliness. They should not be permitted to bathe in the glow of helping creators and user-friendliness while propagating user-hostile technology like DRM. Apple needs a strong incentive to use their leverage with media companies to roll back DRM restrictions - right now, very little such incentive exists.

Our June 10th actions at Apple stores across the country continue to get press, even as much as a week after the fact. The chorus of activists dissatisfied with Apple's current position on DRM continues to grow.

iTunes and Apple are garnering negative attention from law makers in Norway, according to this article in LWN (becomes available on June 22 without subscription.

The article states:

iTMS reserves the right to, at any time, even after the sale, retroactively change the terms of use. It is a basic principle of Norwegian contract law that a contract is binding, and that changing a contract after it's been agreed upon requires the consent of both parties. The ombudsman points out that, in its extreme consequence, this term alone removes all rights of the consumer. Even those rights you appear to have at the time of purchase can at any later time be removed by unilateral changes to the terms of use.

Topic:  apple ipod itune
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