|Authored by: Tolerance on Thursday, November 01 2012 @ 07:21 PM EDT|
|It's facile to say "The courts will prevail." As for what |
the courts will tolerate, we shall see. Particularly after
an adverse decision provokes the executive and legislative
branches to exert pressure. I'm not sure Apple is being a
juvenile delinquent here; I think they are following the
advice of their (UK) lawyers.
Microsoft has shown the way here. When Digital Research's
founders objected to the (hugely unfair) deal IBM offered,
Bill Gates - like the son of a lawyer he was - shrugged and
signed. The law is not something from which you expect
justice. You get, if you are lucky, a decision at best.
Apple has learned, like MS before it, that the law is a game
of jiu-jitsu where what counts is how it can be bent.
The criollos in Spain's colonies had sayings, "la ley se
acata pero no se cumple"; and failing that, "si la ley se
cumple, no se obedece". The window dressing of procedure is
all you can count on. If a judge is willing to decide at
all, the decision isn't final till appealed to Spain, and
after a dozen years the case is moot anyway.
Grumpy old man
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