Why not sue them?
Posted Oct 19, 2006 9:12 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Why not sue them?
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
Isn't it illegal for the vendor to take away functionality that was already paid?
Not at all! I'm pretty sure this thing includes typical "I don't have any right and you can sell my soul to devil when you feel like it" language in it's contract. Like iTunes does... When millions are happily sing contracts which can potentially force you to lose your house and/or work or do a lot of other nasty things and the companies you can be pretty sure such triviality as removal of the existing functionality will be "not a big deal"...
P.S. If you don't see any problems with iTunes contract then read it again: "Apple reserves the right, at any time and from time to time, to update, revise, supplement, and otherwise modify this Agreement and to impose new or additional rules, policies, terms, or conditions on your use of the Service. Such updates, revisions, supplements, modifications, and additional rules, policies, terms, and conditions (collectively referred to in this Agreement as "Additional Terms") will be effective immediately and incorporated into this Agreement". It does not really matter what the rest of the agreement says: Apple can introduce subscription fee $1'000'000 per second. No problem. Or it can say: "everything you've bought till xx.xx.xxxx is no longer yours". Just fine. Or any other thing. You've agreed in anvance. The exception being criminal laws - all other laws are irrelevant since you've already agreed to not use them... Of course it also contains words "your continued use of the iTunes Store following will be deemed to constitute your acceptance of any and all such Additional Terms" but since said rules can easily change between the time when you are reading latest revision of these terms and the time when you hit an "Ok" button - it does not change situation much: you've still agreeing to the something you've never had chance to read and understood. How anyone can agree to terms like this is beyond me but somehow iTunes store has buyers this means people are quite ready to sell soul for few nickels...
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