UK: Flash is officially part of "full Internet"

David Gerard dgerard at
Wed Aug 27 15:38:56 UTC 2008

2008/8/27 David Gerard <dgerard at>:

> "It said the combined phone, music player and computer is flawed
> because of the absence of two common website programmes, Flash and
> Java. As a result, the authority said Apple's claim that the iPhone
> gave access to "all parts of the internet" misled customers about its
> power as a web browser."
> Java is now free (OpenJDK). But Flash isn't.
> What does Gnash need to be up to Flash 9/10? Otherwise a free software
> stack cannot claim to be "full Internet" in the UK.

Oh, worse yet:,1000000567,10009097o-2000331761b,00.htm

"They said they could not ensure compatibility with every third party
technology in the marketplace and, in order to create the best
customer experience, had created their platform on open standards.
They said Java and Flash were examples of proprietary software they
had chosen not to enable on the iPhone."

So the proprietary argument was considered and expressly rejected by the ASA.

- d.

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