Originally Posted by dfiler
I despise these immoral lawsuits.
It should be legal for HyperMac, without paying licensing fees, to manufacture a product that can plug into an accessory port on an Apple product.
Allowing companies to make incompatible ports, and then to charge licensing fees to sell something that fits into those ports? That is not what I'd call fair or beneficial to our society or economy.
Remember, all laws are enforced at the end of a gun, by violence. I don't consider it moral to point a gun at somebody because they made something that can plug into an accessory port.
Idea ownership ("intellectual property") has gotten way out of hand.
As much as I hate Apple not licensing this tech or, to make matters worse, not creating a slew of accessories for MagSafe, it is there right. The free market will decide and forcing a company to make any and all tech they create to be open to all to profit from will decrease innovation if there isnt a real chance to benefit from it.
The US parent system isnt perfect, not by a long shot, but to destroy the idea that a novel idea cant be protected and profited from would be detrimental to the future of all industry. At least with Apple they are using the tech the created instead of just sitting on it.
Just as Apple can choose not to license their tech to others, we have the right to not buy their products. I believe very strongly in this freedom from all sides.
PS: Why havent other PC vendors created their own magnetic connector? This idea predates Apples use by decades as I seem to recall crock pots and other kitchen appliances using magnetic plugs as early as the 1980s. Apple cant have a patent on magnetics used for power plugs in computers (at least not anything protectable), they can only have there specific plug interface protected. The other PC vendors could even ban together to get all their power plugs using the same interface. Additionally, cellphone vendors using Android (or not) could ban to get to use the same future-forward port interface thus making the idea of switching to an Android phone (or some other OS) more palatable if they could create an ecosystem for their devices that could quickly rival Apple in terms of sheer numbers. Apple is Spain and their iPhone landed in the New World with no real opposition while forever changing the culture of the smartphone industry. Unite and fight back if you want to survive.