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iPod on Linux, EFF wants to bring Apple to court

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the association founded by Richard Stallman who defends the freedom of choice and user rights in the digital universe, sued Apple in the Northern California district court. EFF lawyers argue that Cupertino used US copyright laws to limit and even prevent entirely legitimate discussions by users and programmers.

The story that began with the iPodhash project that aims to overcome Apple's protections applied to the iTunes database and which, in addition to protecting the music stored on the computer, prevent it from being able to use iPod players with programs other than iTunes. In the discussion pages, users and programmers interested in the iPodhash project, hosted on the Bluwiki site, shared data and information that thanks to reverse engineering allowed to overcome these limitations and thus be able to use iPod with other programs, in particular software that could also work with Linux, operating system for which Apple does not provide a version of iTunes.

In early December 2008, Cupertino's lawyers ordered the operator of the Bluwiki site to remove all content related to the iPodhash project. Sam Odio owner of OdioWorks immediately removed the content requested by Apple and it was at this point that the EFF intervened, as Macity had then reported. According to EFF, the iPodhash material does not infringe Apple's copyright, it also does not infringe any provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Fred von Lohmann, an EFF attorney, stated that this is the first case in which a company claims that just talking and discussing reverse engineering violates the DMCA, noting that reverse engineering is actually an operation permitted by U.S. provisions.

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