Thursday, March 24, 2005

Apple Understands Leadership IS Discipline

The best way to raise a child is through prompt and proper discipline. The best way to lead is to punish harshly but fairly.

There are guidelines that all of us in the Mac Business Community must follow.

From MacMinute:

Apple settles lawsuit with student over Tiger leak

Apple has settled its lawsuit with one of three men it sued for distributing beta versions of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. "Apple said it had settled the case it brought against Doug Steigerwald, who was a student, in late December," reports Reuters. "As a member of the Apple Developer Connection, Steigerwald was given early test copies of the next version of the operating system, code-named Tiger. Apple has said Tiger will be available by this June. 'While Apple will always protect its innovations, it is not our desire to send students to jail,' said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling. 'We are pleased that Mr. Steigerwald has taken responsibility for his actions and that we can put this lawsuit behind us.'" Twenty-two year old Steigerwald said he would pay an undisclosed sum to Apple.

Apple Settles Lawsuit With Tiger Leak

AND

Apple Pushes Forward With Trade Secret Leak Websites

(The link above is for linkage only - it is unnerving that they chose to call Think Secret and The Powerpage fan sites)

Doug Steigerwald & Nick Ciarelli (of Think Secret) are 22 and 19 respectively.

There's a lot of perspective to gain from these two decisions by Apple. If Apple thought the case against Think Secret wasn't strong and that Think Secret was run by an innocent little boy trying to make a buck, then they would settle out of court as they did with the OS 10.4 leak. From personal experience, I know, that Apple legal can be heavy handed, but are very tolerant AND forgiving.

No comments: