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.