Reminds me of the DSLR user = terrorist witch hunt
This reminds me of the convoluted reasoning we saw a lot between 2007 and 2010. If you went somewhere crowded to take pictures with a DSLR without a press pass you must be some terrorist coming to scout the site for the next attack. Never mind that any terrorist with enough brains to clean an AK-47 would use a cheap compact or a cellphone.
I'm a hobby photographer myself. Occasionally one of my photos is chosen by a company, usually a publishing company. They tend to ask and we agree on a small fee.
I also get emailed by private individuals who want to use one of my works on their personal website. Unless it's in a context with which I totally disagree I tend to allow it for free.
Another category is people who don't ask permission, that tends to annoy me especially if they don't link back.
Only on one occasion I've issued a takedown notice. Someone had copied one of my pics onto their flickr account and was presenting it as their own work. Tried to solve it via mail but no response whatsoever.
In this case, apple using it on many millions of devices, I think a decent fee would be in order. Apple can afford it.
I've read dozens of articles like this over the years and I think you Americans are getting what you deserve. The American people have used the last few decades to get themselves a government that revolves around lobbyists and special interest groups and a legal system that accepts and rewards insane lawsuits (spilling hot coffee, drying dogs in a microwave)
Both lead to situations like this and lawsuits where the copyright mafia can get millions in damages awarded to them.
Now as far as America is concerned, it's your problem, you clean it up. Unfortunately the rest of the world tends to ape America so part of this rot is spreading, that's a shame.
After the hugely successful razr they came out with a ton of clones using the same software. While others innovated it took them an awful lot of time to put a Razr2 together. I've owned a RAZR and based on that I've replaced that with the V8. It's a decent enough phone. It's not as sturdy as the original was. It has no features whatsoever to distinguish itself from the other phones on the market except perhaps the spelling errors in the dutch translation of the software.
I recently bought another american phone, a sonim xp1. And I do see similarities. A poor feature set, mediocre (motorola) to very poor user interface (sonim) but most importantly, absolutely horrible customer service. Motorola has a website with more eyecandy than content, a website that tries so hard to be young and popular that it's next to impossible to navigate. Sonim doesn't even spend any money on that, they do a tiny bit of advertising and that's it, they just don't care about their customer.
I don't regret choosing these phones, I like the size of the motorola and I like the durability of the sonim. But when these two reach the end of their service life it's unlikely that I will put up with the whims of these two companies again.
I rarely if ever agree with take down notices but this is just too much. Did a few queries on that site. 2 dozen copyrighted photography books. The complete terry pratchett works in lit to name just a few. I can imagine this annoys writers.
Started with an original US Robotics Palm. Upgraded to a M100. Lovely devices, a set of AAA batteries lasted me 3-4 weeks. Synced with outlook, wonderful ebook reader.
Dropped it because I was looking for a device that could run TomTom.
I've heard him in various interviews. Yes, he is a CEO of an oil company but he also clearly shows that he knows that oil is a finite resource and that his company's survival depends on making a change from an oil company to an energy company.