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The triumvirate of phone manufacturers, mobile carriers, and entertainment companies are the world’s reigning champions at shifting blame and pointing fingers. Ask Apple why it won’t let you use any song in your iTunes library as an iPhone ringtone and it will tell you it’s the fault of the greedy record companies.

It starts to feel like a Mexican standoff, three tough guys, each pointing a gun at the others’ heads, deadlocked and unwilling to risk anything to break the standoff. These kinds of hostage situations make for gripping cinematic moments, but only when we care about one or more of the hostages. But if there’s no one on the screen that we particularly like, there’s an easy narrative solution to the problem: shoot one or more of the hostages. The equilibrium falls apart, and so does the deadlock.
- Cory Doctorow in The Solution To Mobile Phone Deadlock? Somebody Has To Die

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