Apple, it’s time to call off the legal dogs.
Would you ever want to be on the business end of legal action from a company with US$9 billion in cash? What about being targeted for deletion by one of most powerful multi-national corporations in the world? What if a company with US$14 billion in revenue and 14,000 employees wanted a piece of your ass?
Welcome to my world.
This is stupid, and not just because the story that O’Grady originally posted is about some dinky little Garageband add-on.
- It’s stupid because Apple is suing someone who loves and supports Apple.
- It’s stupid because Apple is hurting itself by suing O’Grady by getting tons of bad press.
- It’s stupid because in the US, the first amendment right to free speech is fairly clear.
- It’s stupid because Apple’s love of secrecy, blended with small leaks that tell part of the story, is the perfect guerrilla marketing mix.
- It’s stupid because, even if you’re Steve Jobs, you can’t control the whole world or make every person do exactly what you want him or her to do.
- It’s stupid because controlling all information at all times is impossible, or at least impractical.
Apple: stop this. It’s wrong, and almost everyone at Apple should know it. Call off the lawyers.
There’s a much newer company just up the road from you that has a fairly idealistic slogan: Do No Evil. Apple’s never explicitly adopted anything like it, but the community of Mac lovers and users has always felt that the people at Apple were “the good guys.”
Don’t let a little success get to your heads. More importantly, don’t let a little success get to your hearts.
John Welch at bynkii.com is solidly on Apple’s side in this discussion. I wonder if he’d feel differently if he was getting sued?