EFF Powered BluWiki Sues Apple: Leave Our iTunes Database Hacks Alone!
Apple Insider reports that the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) is helping OdioWorks LLC file suit in an attempt to get Apple to stop threatening to sue them. Complicated much?
OdioWorks, which runs the free and open wiki service BluWiki, wants to bar Apple from repeatedly threatening its own legal action simply for letting BluWiki users host a wiki for iTunesDB, a project to learn about iTunes' database file system and create third-party software that can replicate the sync functionality of iTunes for iPhones and iPods without forcing users to run Apple's own media software. Over the course of several months, Apple has claimed the very existence of iTunesDB violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)'s rules on circumventing copyright locks and, in November, successfully frightened OdioWorks into taking down the wiki entries.
EFF says it's legal to hack code to increase competition -- i.e. to allow an iPhone to work outside of iTunes. Is it also legal to hack bank accounts and transfer large sums of money so my net worth is more competitive with Bill Gates?
Not the same thing, of course, just pointing out that while I'd personally love Apple to open-source more of their code, the way they've done with OpenCL, CardDAV, CalDAV, etc. it's still their code. As much as I don't want to live in a corporate-controlled world where big business owns the rights to math, I also don't want to live in a world where the over-entitled populace thinks they can take whatever they want. Because, if either side gets too extreme, what's to stop them from targeting me next?
Other than the fact that I've never made or hacked any code worth stealing or knowing...