UK: Flash is officially part of "full Internet"

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Wed Aug 27 16:43:54 UTC 2008

On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 04:38:56PM +0100, David Gerard wrote:
> 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:
> "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.

"The proprietary argument" was displayed by Apple? The hypocrits...

Or maybe that's what they wanted, to have proprietary elements to be
considered "essential part of the internet".

If you place foxes defending then henhouse, expect a sudden chicken
count drop.



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