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Tennessee Man Sues Apple For His Porn Addiction

Jul 17, 13 Tennessee Man Sues Apple For His Porn Addiction

Gawker writer Ryan Tate had an interesting email exchange with Apple cofounder Steve Jobs just months after the release of the first iPad about Adobe Flash, digital magazines and porn.

Tate sent an email to the famous Steve@Apple.com email address, likely looking for a fight (I mean, come on…he implied that one of Jobs’ idols would not be proud of his work), and ended up receiving long form responses from the Apple CEO. These return emails from Cupertino practically read as tomes when paired next to his normally terse, one word emails.

The one quote that stands out from this dialogue, however, is as follows:

Tate took issue with Apple calling the iPad a “revolution” and told Jobs “Revolutions are about freedom.”

Jobs’ response?

“Yep. Freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, Freedom.”

Which is all a lengthy preamble to say — have you heard the one about the Tennessee man suing Apple because their products displayed porn?

Here’s the long and short of it: Former attorney Chris Sevier is suing Apple because their devices can connect to the Internet and don’t nanny their users. Because of this, Sevier apparently got SO into pornography that he could no longer tell the difference between masturbating and having real sex with his wife. The two ended up getting a divorce and now he wants Apple to pay.

Think this story is ridiculous? It gets better. Because Sevier has some legal experience, he’s able to come up with simply some of the best awkward and sterile ways to describe his troubles.

The entire issue when he opened up Safari to check his Facebook account. Only, instead of going to “Facebook.com,” Sevier claims an unfortunate spelling error took him instead to the domain Eff You See Kay Book.com. (Get it?)

Apparently the images seen on EffYouSeeKayBook.com “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and lead to an unwanted addiction with adverse consequences.”

From here he apparently became so lost in a porn addiction that his marital relations began to suffer.

How’s this description of a struggling marriage?

“The Plaintiff began desiring, younger more beautiful girls featured in porn videos than his wife, who was no longer 21. His failed marriage caused the Plaintiff to experience emotional distress to the point of hospitalization. The Plaintiff could no longer tell the difference between internet pornography and tangible intercourse due to the content he accessed through the Apple products, which failed to provide him with warnings of the dangers of online pornography whatsoever.”

The suit also claims Apple products are putting “brick and mortar or “mom and pop” porn shops” out of business because you can access the Internet from them.

Sevier wants Apple to censor the Internet on their devices and block access to anything pornographic unless a consenting adult, aged 18 or over, sends in a request to Apple and receives a code to remove the porn filter.

There’s so much wrong with this that I don’t even know where to start.

Who determines what is pornographic and what isn’t? Apple’s already been in hot water over which apps they allow in the app store, so it’s hard to believe that even in a twisted world where the general public would allow such censorship, Apple would hire a team of people to watch all the porn on the Internet and block it from their devices.

This makes even less sense considering Sevier claims Apple should have known the dangers of porn and blocked it for him.

He wants someone to come in contact with porn and block it, but doesn’t want anyone to see it because it’s damaging.

Hmm.

It’s interesting that Apple, whose ex-CEO once declared his company offered “freedom from porn” is now being sued because their products let people get on the Internet.

It’s even more interesting that there’s at least one guy who believes Apple isn’t doing enough to keep content away from their devices.

Fascinating….just fascinating.

You might not be surprised to know that Sevier has had some problems in the past.

He was placed on disability inactive status by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court when they deemed he was incapable of performing his legal duties due to “mental infirmity or illness.”

Maybe he was just too busy “greasing the palms?”

He was also arrested last month for stalking country music singer John Rich.

So, you know…there’s that.

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