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USB Forum Rules Against Palm in Apple Dispute

The USB Implementers Forum, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports USB, is responsible for setting the standards for hardware input via the USB connection. Recently the organization was approached by Palm, accusing Apple of violating USB-IF rules by using its Vendor ID inappropriately. The complaint stemmed from Apple's insistence to block synchronization between Apple's iTunes software and the Palm Pre smartphone. Ticked off, Palm decided to file a complaint.

However, the organization has now ruled in favor of Apple in regards to locking out the Palm Pre smartphone from iTunes according to Digital Daily. In fact, the organization spanked Palm rather hard for creating a firmware workaround that would allow synchronization. The USB-IF response came by way of a letter to Palm and Apple, providing both companies with its verdict in regards to the Apple and Palm Vendor IDs.

"Under the Policy, Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage," the USB-IF letter stated. "Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded. Palm’s expressed intent to use Apple’s Vendor ID appears to violate the attached policy." The USB-IF also stated that Apple's use of its Vendor ID was within the rules of the USB-IF, limiting iTunes syncing to proprietary Apple hardware.

The USB-IF also requested that Palm express its true intent and respond to the "potential violation" within seven days of the letter, clearly warning the company not to incorporate  iTunes workarounds into the Pre OS in the future. Palm however seemed unshaken by the letter. "We engaged with the USB-IF because we believe consumers should have freedom and choice in how and where they use the non-rights managed media they already own," the company told Digital Daily. "We are reviewing the letter from the USB-IF and will respond as appropriate.”