First it sued enthusiast Web sites. Now it's threatening customers. Who is left for Apple to sue?

Summary:Fellow ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette regarding how one MacBook Pro user shared his overheating notebook experience on the Internet: Apparently, Apple's own service manual shows the sloppy manufacturing process that is causing the heat problem. So Apple immediately acknowledged and offered to fix the problem, right?

Fellow ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette regarding how one MacBook Pro user shared his overheating notebook experience on the Internet:

Apparently, Apple's own service manual shows the sloppy manufacturing process that is causing the heat problem. So Apple immediately acknowledged and offered to fix the problem, right? Wrong. Apple's legal department responded with a threatening letter because the image from the manual was copyrighted. The letter was marked "Privileged/Confidential, Not for Posting or Redistribution", so of course the webmaster posted a copy on his site. According to the letter, "Apple reserves its right to contact your [SA's] Internet Service Provider in the event you do not comply with these demands".

From bloggers to customers to the record labels, Apple is initimidating everybody and getting away with it.  Hopefully, sooner rather than later, people will start voting this behavior out with their dollars.

Topics: Apple

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David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.

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