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Apple threatens SA over thread on overheating Macbooks

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  1. Sandman New Member

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    Apple's lawyers have dispatched a cheery little letter explaining that Something Awful could find themselves in a heap of trouble very soon if they do not remove the link to Apple's Macbook Service manual in the recent thread about overheating Macbooks, as the material is under copyright. Apparently Apple is quite angry about the publicity the embarrassing photos within have received, and has threatened to lean on SA's ISP if the material is not removed, regardless of the fact that the content in question is not actually hosted by SA.

    Incidentally, a great number of other sites have linked to the contained instructional picture of thermal grease application, including Techpowerup!, but only SA has received a request to remove the picture and link. The thread in question can be found here, with Apple's legal notice on the fifth page.

    Source: The INQ
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    Apple's shitty practices revealed :)
  3. Sandman New Member

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    Yep. They don't understand links or laptops. How can you sue someone for linking to copyrighted material on another site? Seems like they'd go after the site hosting the actual material.
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    Apple = Stupid. Mac = Bad. Man this is not a big deal.
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    HAHAHAHAHA


    HAHAHAHAH there embarresed...I should them for biting out of my god damn apple
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    CC my email:

    Dear Ms Carroll

    You seem confused,

    1. A Confidentiality Agreement requires, well, an agreement entered into by both parties.

    2. If you host something on a website and fail to either encrypt it or place password access to it, deep linking is fair game.

    3. Holding a copyright does not preclude fair use rights especially in direct relationship to an "issue" and subsequent "news"

    4. Pressuring an ISP and invoking DMCA protections over a matter such as this, is not only an abuse of the provisions but will ensure this issue will quickly be hosted and rehashed ad nauseam outside their jurisdiction.

    Thank you for pumping more air into this, it was a slow news day.

    Ive personally exercised my rights under fair use to make a copy of the material in the event anyone ever forgets this issue.

    Ice Czar

    on the contrary they need to be slapped and hard
    this is not protected content, that is not what copyrights are for
    this is baldfaced bully tactics and they not only need to be called on them but made an example of.
    They have absolutely no legal rights to protect the image now that it is directly tied into the context of this news issue
    nor do they have the right to threaten a third party to suppress the issue.

    off to drop some emails in some boxes :p
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    I think some lawyers are going to be feeling the ban hammer from apple's supervisor.....
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    I wonder how much money Apple is willing to part with to shut this up?
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    I think Apple should take a quick glance at SA "Legal Threats" section of their site.
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    Apple are as bad as M$ only less popular.
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    Rock their faces off! :nutkick:
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