Since Apple filed its comments with the U.S. Copyright Office, the number of apps in the App Store has surpassed 20,000.
The EFF characterizes Apple's response as fear-mongering and empty rhetoric. "One need only transpose Apple's arguments to the world of automobiles to recognize their absurdity," asserts EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann.
"Sure, GM might tell us that, for our own safety, all servicing should be done by an authorized GM dealer using only genuine GM parts. Toyota might say that swapping your engine could reduce the reliability of your car. And Mazda could say that those who throw a supercharger on their Miatas frequently exceed the legal speed limit.
"But we'd never accept this corporate paternalism as a justification for welding every car hood shut and imposing legal liability on car buffs tinkering in their garages. After all, the culture of tinkering (or hacking, if you prefer) is an important part of our innovation economy."
The U.S. Copyright Office is expected to issue its decision in October.
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