Comparison to M$ is a valid one. Mid 90's M$ discovered that Novell (their major competitor at the time) was using Visual C++ as their language and compiler for their network card firmware. So M$ _intentionally_ included a bug in their C++ compiler/linker if it detected that is was being used by Novell. Took us ages to figure out why firmware built using the latest version of VC++ would crap out (at execution time). If memory serves when M$ was confronted with this they claimed that the bug was unintentional and part of a security patch -- I don't believe this for one nanosecond, but make of it what you will.
Apple has enough people drinking their Koolaid that they can get away with crap like this.
I live in Utah. I just tried to sign into my Aereo's account. It brought up a message that I was outside my Market Area or some other such verbiage. I was given a choice to click a box indicating I AM in the Market Area. Once I agreed to this and clicked continue I am able to get to my recordings, view live TV, etc. So basically Aereo is getting around this by offering you a link about their TOS (who reads this crap anyway) and a check box acknowledging you are in the service area.
It is unfortunate with the society that we live in that stuff like this happens. I have mixed feelings about this. Because unfortunately abuse of power happens (way too often). When someone has the authority to put you in jail, shoot you, etc. there needs to be a careful oversight of these activities to make sure they are justified. So for a police officer to be able to exert this kind of authority and power from the driver seat of his police cruiser really bothers me. I am also VERY concerned about the militarization of the police. The military is there to fight the enemies of the state. The police are there to protect and serve. When the police become the military the citizens become the enemy.
My aunt lost her husband this way. He pulled a car over for a broken signal light. When he approached the car he was shot in the face point blank killing him. (The car was stolen and the theives thought that's why they were pulled over.) That said, I don't think this legislation is a good idea. I don't think my aunt would either. This is a risk that comes with the job... and the potential for abuse is HUGE.
Someone holding up a sign warning of a speed trap, or a person who has purchased a radar detector? Shouldn't both go to jail? Or perhaps the people selling the radar detector should go to jail? Heck, let's throw all parties into jail for the sake of $$$$
This goes hand in hand with the for profit prison system. When I was arrested (failure to appear for a nonmoving violation of not having my car registered but out on the street) I was charged $12 each day for the privilege of being incarcerated. Regardless of if I were convicted or not. It's all about money. Make no mistake. Police are there to protect and serve, not fill the city's coffers with money. Oh, wait this is Amerika. I forgot...