And if they were more intelligent and less narcissistic in their approach to customers who want to purchase their products worldwide they would be making Trillions... with a T.
You see Apple's market worldwide has now shrunk dramatically because they cannot keep up with the unwalled customer-centric approach that is being used by all Android providers. So soon those Billions with a B will equate to Millions with an M and then equate to maybe chapter 11 with a ROFL
You know this is an intriguing idea for a new site I've been thinking of putting together as an exercise in why the USA's CFAA cannot work outside of the USA.
Maybe once Apple realise sending either a DMCA notice (won't hold up to scrutiny) or a "Takedown" (again is impermissible under basic contract law with their alleged TOS/EULA) is basically pissing up a rope for websites NOT in the USA then they might realise giving the customer ease of access and an easier way to shop is MARKETING/SALES 101!!!!!!
Though then when you think about it doing this in a country like Australia (where I reside) or in Europe would achieve the desired annoyance factor for Apple's legal twits, the site itself would not be really used much since bugger all people in the rest of the world that are not on the North America continent don't actually buy Apple products anymore.
He hasn't broken Australian Computer, Contract, Transaction, or Corporate laws here in any way... though a tort (or two) could be used against him by anyone with a major axe to grind (though luckily in Aust the loser pays ALL fees so there would have to be highly exigent circumstances for a civil claim to occur)
If the USG is stupid enough to try to bring criminal charges against him then that is there problem since he would NEVER be extradited under current system. Though it would be advisable that he doesn't travel to the US or it's territories in the foreseeable future.
I envisage that in the not too distant future that there might be one place that is fully available that the US Govt (and others) other than by an act of aggression will NOT be able to interfere with and where treaties are not available.
Where? Don't laugh... Space.
The Lagrange points instantly come to mind.. Or even better a standard Heliocentric Orbit with a few backups at different places. (or even orbits around Mars/Venus)
With the physical size of datastorage becoming less and less and the actual virtual capacity becoming more and more the ability to send a email server into space is becoming more and more economically viable, also they could be one usage email centers.. Once read instantly deleted. Or deleted if not read after a certain amount of time. And attachments if allowed minimal sizing (under 500mb would be best to start and would mitigate the 'pirating' of movies)
The only way the US Govt or other LEO's could access it is basically on the ground. OR blow the things up (which might not sit well with 95% of the populace) and since they would be one time encryption structures a standard ONE ITS ALL encryption keys would NOT WORK! [think one time pads for a bit of historical usage]
I am going to assume that Steele was dismissed as a witness before the lunch recess which is his reason for not being able to give testimony on himself searching for Lutz.
Though one has to question why he would not still be in the courtroom in the gallery since the case has high relevance to himself and any further witness statements by anyone would be in his best interest to hear them first hand.
Though this is going on the assumption that Steele is a reasonable person with common sense and an ounce of self preservation NOT bordering on the narcissistic. o_O