U.K. Considers Kicking File Sharers Offline
The Register is reporting that Apple (shocker) is also telling British consumers what they can and cannot do on the Net, specifically with Apple software. The Apple controversy stems from Value Added Tax (VAT), a luxury tax whose particular rates vary across Europe. Since businesses are eligible to reclaim the VAT (and Apple apparently doesn't want to pay it), the Cupertino company has decided that the 78 pages of apps in its iTunes 'Business' section are in fact not for business, professional, or commercial use, but are really only for "personal, non-commercial use." In that case, you may want to rethink the title of the 'Business' section, Apple.
Several highly alarming intelligence breaches have occurred in the U.S. because of file-sharing sites, including leaked information concerning Secret Service activities and details about the President's helicopter. The U.S. government has for years known of the dangers of file-sharing sites, so it would be wise for the feds to similarly think about restrictive measures -- and not just to protect revenue for the music and movie industries, either. The Apple incident, though, merely seems like yet more heavy-handed tactics from an increasingly isolated, secretive, and money-hungry company. [From: Reuters and The Register]