Computer Ethics, Fall 2021

Thursdays 5:30-6:45

Class 3

Sept 16, 2021

Before class 2, finish reading chapter 1 and read the first three sections of chapter 4.

Epic v Apple

Basically, Epic lost; Apple apps must still use the Apple in-app payment system, with its 30% take.

Apple does have to allow developers to list non-Apple-store routes to their product. The Apple "anti-steering rules" had forbidden even this; it's a bit like stores not being allowed to advertise a surcharge for credit-card users (though they can advertise a discount for cash users).

Of course, for games or other apps that are to be run on the iPhone, there are no other routes. Well, there might be, if Epic were allowed to put a game "shell" on the app store and then sell game modules on the Internet. 

Epic now has to figure out if they can make up with Apple. Currently they have been kicked out.

Some good discussion by Florian Mueller:

Fair Use

Theft! A Musical History

Bridgeport case at p 173

Drake and Jimmy Smith

Kelly / Perfect 10

Cariou v Prince

Google v Oracle

Does the Napster model work for film?


Sony v Universal, 1984

Dowling, 1985

Feist v Rural, 1991: it has to be original

MGM v Grokster



    Mail & Guardian

Viacom v YouTube

Server-based filesharing and SOPA/PIPA (laws that seemed inevitable but which ultimately did not pass)

Lawsuits against Users