EFF Berates Apple Over Open-source ITunes Project

by admin November 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Apple’s attempt to quash an effort to help the latest iPods and iPhones work with non-Apple software such as the Linux operating system is out of line, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Tuesday.

Earlier this month, a lawyer from Apple’s legal counsel, O’Melveny & Myers, managed to get an open-source project called the iPodhash pulled from Bluwiki, a free Web site used to create Wiki pages, saying the project is illegal under the terms of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

“It has come to our attention that a website you operate, www.bluwiki.com, is disseminating information designed to circumvent Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system,” wrote O’Melveny & Myers representative Ian Ramage in an e-mail that was later posted to Bluwiki. “FairPlay is considered anti-circumvention technology under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA explicitly prohibits the dissemination of information that can be used to circumvent such technology.”

Read more: pcworld.com