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Practice makes imperfect
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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