Sometimes big companies suck

During Steve Jobs’ keynote, he made a side comment about aggressively protecting the iPhone patents and innovations. I thought that was a remark made in Microsoft’s direction. That may have been. But apparently it also meant that Apple’s law firm will go after pretty much anyone that messes around with iPhone concepts, including the hacker community.

As reported on MacNN, one Windows mobile group got the following letter from Apple:

“We represent Apple Computer, Inc. (‘Apple’) and are authorized to act on Apple’s behalf to investigate and take legal action with respect to the unauthorized dissemination of Apple’s copyrighted material. It has come to our attention that you have posted a screenshot of Apple’s new iPhone and links that facilitate the installation of that screenshot on a Pocket PC device,”…

“While we appreciate your interest in the iPhone, the icons and screenshot displayed on your website are copyrighted by Apple, and copyright law explicitly prohibits unauthorized display and distribution of copyrighted works.”

A Treo iPhone hack was also just taken down. The hacker community is one of Apple’s biggest product champions. Some are so excited about the iPhone, they’ve started to create UIs to skin their current phone to make it an iPhone look alike. Why would Apple want to stamp this out? It only makes people want to get a real iPhone more. Also, multi-million dollar law firms going after small potatoes just creates a David vs. Goliath scenario. It’s bad PR for Apple. Makes the company come across as a bully and alienates a segment of the very users they’re trying to market to.

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