So in recent days we’ve had some rather huge developments in terms of legalities involving the digital world.
Firstly, the red tops and (more worryingly) the broad-sheets went a little crazy at the start of this week with the news that Bruce Willis was planning to sue Apple over ownership of his music collection.
Since then, it has in fact emerged this story was a load of “bull” and once again, urgency to get the breaking story seemed to prevail over fact-checking amongst ALL of the country-wide daily’s. However, that discussion is for another blog post. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/sep/03/no-apple-bruce-willis)
Some of the facts which were actually correct amongst the “story-telling” were in fact more shocking. You know how a few years ago we all succumbed to downloading our music from iTunes rather than buying physical copied of singles and albums? Well it seems all this music we’ve paid for online isn’t actually ours to own – we’re paying to rent our collections.
I’m the first to admit I wasn’t aware of this, and I bet an awful lot of other iTunes users weren’t either. It was frustrating enough when iPods became devices which you could put music on but you weren’t allowed to then transfer songs or your collections to other devices, but this really takes the biscuit.
The basis of the incorrect article was that Brucey wanted to leave his vast downloads to his daughters in his will – but as we don’t actually own them, you physically are not allowed to do this, or “re-sell” the tunes (in basic terms, you can’t share you’re music with ANYONE)
Secondly, Anonymous have released a statement on their website which is both terrifying and amazing in equal amounts. http://pastebin.com/nfVT7b0Z
“As long as I am nothing but a ghost of the civil dead, I can do nothing…” – Jack Henry Abbott
These cheeky internet pirates have published within the above article details of 1 million Apple devices – though they actually have the details of around 12 million.
“we trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses, zipcodes, etc. not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked. some devices contained lot of info.others no more than zipcodes or almost anything. we left those main columns we consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers who could figure out some use from the dataset.”
The reasoning for doing so? They found this information within a FBI database.
“’FUCKING FBI IS USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT’ well at least it seems our best bet, and even in this case we will probably see their damage control teams going hard lobbying media with bullshits to discredit this, but well, whatever, at least we tried and eventually, looking at the massive number of devices concerned, someone should care about it.”
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t agree with the publishing of an averages Joe’s details in such a manner. However, in this instance, what Anonymous have done seems more than commendable. The questions they’ve raised within this statement and why they’ve done is something an average Joe SHOULD be concerned about – why the arse-biscuits do the FBI have people’s Apple footprints in their database, and why have Apple allowed it?
I’m not one to be shy with basic information on myself around the old internet, but when facts like this emerge, it does make you question again quite how much we should be batting around so freely.
Overall, not the greatest weeks for Apple.