Should You Be (Or Are You) Allowed Do What You Want With Your Hardware?

Are EULA’s too restrictive?

Do companies like Apple and Sony overstep their boundaries and the law when the “shrink wrapped” licenses the force you to agree to when you purchase a piece of hardware?

Should they have any right or jurisdiction at all to tell you what you can and can’t do with something that you own. Do the EULA’s for a piece of hardware, such as the iPad, have any standing in real life or if you chose tho challenge them in court?

Formulate your answers to these questions and let me know what you think after your read Devin Coldeweys article on Crunch Gear –  The User’s Manifesto: in defense of hacking, modding, and jailbreaking.

One thought on “Should You Be (Or Are You) Allowed Do What You Want With Your Hardware?

  1. Yes, you should be able to do what you want with YOUR OWN HARDWARE! (This of course does not include doing something that is harmful to others of course). You BOUGHT it, you OWN it.

    I can live with “can’t reverse engineer” or “resell” or other such restrictions. I get that. But the utter B.S. Apple (and Sony, and some others) come out with is absolutely insane. In these cases, apparently you don’t “own” anything, you just pay for the right to use their products.

    This is one of the reason it has been years since I have owned a Sony product, and why I will never own an Apple product. I vote with my wallet, and do not support any company that handcuffs their hostages…er… users in such a manner.

    I used to be confused why Apple fanboys were so loyal… I think I am starting to understand… It is Stockholm syndrome. They are held hostage with their own products and come to love their captor.


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