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Good question A bunch of comments on Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle - The Value Chain Again
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:29:46 -0400



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From: "David P. Reed" <dpreed () reed com>
Date: March 15, 2009 7:27:55 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: ip <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: Re: [IP] A bunch of comments on Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle - The Value Chain Again

Dave -

On what basis would Apple be able to extract a royalty? There is likely no patent, no copyright, no trade secret here. Reverse engineering should be quite simple - just take apart the earphones and measure the various electrical properties.

There doesn't even seem to be a rationale for Apple to pursue DMCA remedies - for that you need "copyright" rights on something, perhaps microcode.

I must be missing something here on this one. This is just a small barrier to entry of the sort that every company tries to erect wherever it can - like the non-standardized power plugs on nearly all non-Apple laptops, which are used to extract extra profit, but are hardly illegal uses of monopoly power.

- David

David Farber wrote:
The real issue is will the earphone venders have to py a royalty to Apple for usng their interface?
djf

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From: Ari Ollikainen <ari () olteco com>
Date: March 15, 2009 12:40:53 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: A bunch of comments on Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle - The Value Chain Again

   Add to all that a touch of reality:

<http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/03/ipod-shuffle-friendly-headphones-with-inline-control-coming.ars >

I happen to like my 3rd Gen shuffle ( I needed new earphones anyway...).


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