La carta que aparece abajo (en inglés) la encontré en Digg y representa para mi un «choque de civilizaciones» que está ocurriendo entre una Europa –en la cual la propiedad intelectual en el mundo de la informática es favorecida por una minoría– y Estados Unidos, donde es favorecida por una mayoría.
Personalmente, creo que las tres diferencias más grandes entre Estados Unidos y Europa son el concepto de propiedad intelectual y patentes y el concepto general sobre la criminalidad y la justicia. En Europa se cuestiona el concepto de que los desarrollos artísticos e intelectuales puedan ser empresas mucho más que en Estados Unidos. La carta en si es muy graciosa.
Subject: Re: Illegal Dissemination of Apple Intellectual Property
April 21, 2005
NOT FOR POSTING
Registrant of www.piratebay.org
Re: Apple Intellectual Property Disseminated by www.piratebay.org
Dear Mr. Neij:
We represent Apple Computer, Inc. On or before April 21, 2005, the site www.piratebay.org was in the process of distributing and/or facilitating the distribution of a misappropriated copy of an
unreleased version of Apple’s operating system software, Tiger 10.4, Build 8A428. The software constitutes an Apple trade secret and is copyrighted.
Awh, come on, I’ve heard the expression «a few bad apples», but this is just ridiculous.
Apple has a well-known, longstanding policy of closely guarding information about its unreleased products as trade secrets.
I’ve heard that before somewhere. I just can’t remember where…
We demand that you immediately disable the torrent and/or tracker and prevent further distribution of Apple’s trade secret and copyrighted material.
We demand that you provide us with entertainment by sending more legal threats. Please?
Apple further demands that you provide us with all information relating to the posting of torrents enabling the distribution of Mac OS X Tiger, Build 8A428, including all log files and tracker files
> associated with such torrents. Apple also demands all information related to the identity of the persons who created such torrent files and/or who uploaded the software referenced by those torrent files, as well as the identities of all individuals who participated in the uploading and downloading of Apple’s software. If you fail to maintain the evidence of this illegal activity, you will be subject to severe sanctions. In particular, if you destroy or hide any evidence, you will be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Please produce all requested information by the end of the day, Friday, April 22, 2005.
Even if we had that information, which we don’t, do you really think we would provide it to you?
Builds of unreleased Apple software are distributed under strict confidentiality agreements. Your torrent site appears to be engaged in a practice of soliciting and disseminating Apple trade secrets. This practice is grounds for both civil and criminal liability. To avoid further liability, you must refrain from inducing the breach of any Apple confidentiality agreements, soliciting Apple trade secrets, and distributing Apple trade secrets on your site.
…Or what? You and Hans Brix will send us angry letters? Fortunately for you, we don’t keep sharks as pets.
Apple is prepared to take further actions to stop the sites illegal activities, and Apple expressly reserves its rights. I am available to discuss this matter at any time. If you are represented by counsel in this matter, please provide me with the identity of that counsel.
Instead of simply recommending that you sodomize yourself with a retractable baton, let me recommend a specific model – the ASP 21″. The previous lawyers tried to use a cheaper brand, but it broke during the action.
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It’s OK with you that we post this message on http://static.thepiratebay.org/legal/ ? Because I just did, and I’m so afraid of you and your nice titles and shiny offices :-(.
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