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Apple threatens SA over thread on overheating Macbooks

Sandman

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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 :)
 

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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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quote:

***Privileged/Confidential***
--Not for Posting or Redistribution--

Via Email

May 2, 2006

Re: Infringement of Apple's Intellectual Property Rights webmaster@somethingawful.com

Dear WebMaster:

Apple Computer, Inc. ("Apple") recently noticed that Apple's copyrighted material is available for download at your website http://somethingawful.com. Specifically, there is a link to Apple's Service Source manual for the MacBook Pro in the discussion thread at http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...readid=1864582.

The Service Source manual for the MacBook Pro is Apple's intellectual property and is protected by U.S. copyright law. Linking to the manual on your website is an infringement of Apple's copyrights. We therefore must insist that you immediately take all necessary steps to remove the Service Source manual and any other Apple copyrighted material from your site and to prevent further unauthorized use or distribution of Apple intellectual property.

Apple reserves its right to contact your Internet Service Provider in the event you do not comply with these demands.

The foregoing is not intended to be a complete statement of the facts, and shall not constitute a waiver of any of Apple’s rights or remedies, all of which are expressly reserved.

We would appreciate a reply by email to copyrightagent@apple.com that you have complied, and we anticipate and appreciate your immediate cooperation.

Sincerely,


Sue Carroll
Apple Legal


copyrightagent@apple.com

This transmission may be privileged and may contain confidential information intended only for the person(s) named above. Any other distribution, re-transmission, copying or disclosure is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me immediately by telephone or return e-mail, and delete this file/message from your system.
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

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Man this is not a big deal.
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.