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Thermal Greasy: Apple Sics Lawyers on Something Awful

Gizmodo:

After a Something Awful denizen took apart his MacBook Pro and discovered that Apple had slathered on far too much thermal grease, he found that using a more modest amount dropped his MacBook Pro’s temperatures by several degrees. Now the forum has recieved a threatening letter from Apple’s legal staff, requesting a link to this image [pictured above] be removed because “The Service Source manual for the MacBook Pro is Apple’s intellectual property and is protected by U.S. copyright law.”

That’s just sad, and it shows how tone-deaf to PR Apple’s lawyers can be. They’re going to get way more bad press out of this story (deservedly so) than they would have had they simply let this go. Not only does it paint Apple as a corporate bully, but it draws more attention to the MacBook Pro heat problems.

Thursday, 4 May 2006