I'm relatively new, so I don't know about the forum dynamics/politics/etc., but in my short time as a member I've seen a lot of negativity on this board. Not sure what to make of it, exactly, but it's discouraging.
As for the topic. I'm reluctant to believe that the 5DIII will get upgraded to a 5DIV next year. I see 2015 being the year for that. Especially as Magic Lantern is getting more and more attention and Canon can milk an existing product that appeals to budget-minded aspiring film-makers. As I understand it, right now the 5DIII is the top-dog for Magic Lantern given that they're hesitant to touch the 1Dx after getting threatened with legal action (which IMO Canon would have a difficulty following through with if you are familiar with the cases Sega Enterprises v. Accolade Inc., 977 F.2d 1510 (9th Cir. 1992) and Sony Computer Entertainment v. Connectix Corp., 203 F.3d 596 (9th Cir. 2000) - even though these cases are both from the 9th circuit).
However, more full-frame cameras is otherwise great news to me. I think it will result in more lenses designed with full-frame users in mind. I might be wrong there, but that's how I view it.
Thank you for those judgement reference. Although I have very little knowledge in American laws and jurisprudence, I am very curious of the precedent that could apply to a possible legal action between Canon and ML, since American court would probably be the correct forum in this case (although I know nothing about American international private law). Still, I have one silly question, as a non-american and non-under-common-law person, what is the 9th circuit? Are those first instance court? Thanks for your help.
P.S: Sorry if I made mistakes, I studied law in a different country and a different language!
The difference between those cases and a possible Canon corp action against ML is size, both previous defendants were multi million dollar corps in their own right. ML is not, they could be swamped in legal actions with the bat of a multi billion dollar corps eyelid. They couldn't afford to counter the motions Canon could throw at them.
No they are an appellate court with regional jurisdiciton. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninth_Circuit_Court_of_Appeals