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The patent threat from Apple
by Zak Rogoff last modified Jan 11, 2013 10:37 AM
Steve Jobs went on record vowing to "destroy" Android because he felt Apple deserved an exclusive right to make touch-based smartphones. Jobs obviously did not have the best interest of smartphone users in mind, seeking to restrict options to his proprietary and restrictive devices. But are threats like this credible? How could Apple get rid of Android?
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Blog Entry chemical/x-pdb April fools! Apple sues Free Software Foundation for trademark infringement
by Free Software Foundation published Apr 01, 2016 last modified Apr 01, 2016 05:22 PM
Post-publication note: this is an April fools post. None of it is true. Well, except the part about Apple actually mistreating users, attacking competing firms and barring GPL-protected software from their app store.
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News Item C source code header Free Software Foundation statement on the new iPhone, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch
by Free Software Foundation published Sep 09, 2014 last modified Sep 09, 2014 03:24 PM
The Free Software Foundation encourages users to avoid all Apple products, in the interest of their own freedom and the freedom of those around them.
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Give Apple the iPhone Challenge
by John Sullivan published Jul 24, 2008 last modified May 17, 2010 04:45 PM
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Apple's iOS takes a bite out of your freedom
by Zak Rogoff last modified Oct 31, 2014 10:53 AM
Thinking about buying an Apple product? Think again. Here are five good reasons to boycott Apple's iOS. Read on, and learn how you can take action.
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Blog Entry Apple's ebook sales restrictions: the newest reason to use free software
by Brett Smith published Jan 25, 2012 last modified Jan 25, 2012 03:16 PM
Last week, Apple announced ebook authoring software called iBooks Author. As you would expect from Apple, the software is completely proprietary—but the license includes some terms that are so restrictive, they shock even Apple's fans.
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Blog Entry chemical/x-pdb VLC developer takes a stand against DRM enforcement in Apple's App Store
by Brett Smith published Oct 29, 2010 last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:45 AM
Rémi Denis-Courmont is one of the primary developers of the VLC media player, which is free software and distributed under the GPL. Earlier this week, he wrote to Apple to complain that his work was being distributed through their App Store, under terms that contradict the GPL's conditions and prohibit users from sharing the program.
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Blog Entry Apple v. Samsung: A patent battle with freedom as the collateral damage
by Donald Robertson published Sep 21, 2012
Apple's patent aggression harms us all.
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GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store
by Brett Smith published May 25, 2010 last modified May 27, 2010 07:12 AM
An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently being distributed through Apple's App Store. However, this distribution is not in compliance with the GNU GPL. The primary problem is that Apple imposes numerous legal restrictions on use and distribution of GNU Go through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is forbidden by section 6 of GPLv2. So today we have written to Apple and asked them to come into compliance. We would be happy to see Apple distribute these programs under the GPL's terms, but unfortunately, it seems much more likely that they'll simply make the problem go away by removing GNU Go from the App Store.
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Blog Entry Troff document Watch Your Freedom (Because Apple's Not)
by apatel published Mar 13, 2015 last modified Mar 13, 2015 02:06 PM
At Apple's "Spring Forward" press event on Monday, March 9, the electronics company expounded upon its plans to release a smartwatch and revealed updates to its MacBook computer line, among other announcements. Underneath their focus on "innovation" and "design," however, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other participating speakers neglected to address growing concerns about the proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management technologies distributed with its products and services, which only serve to extend the company's oppression of computer users and their freedoms.
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