Lawrence Lessig draws our attention to a lawsuit that Microsoft has filed against a Brazilian government official, Sergio Amadeu, for daring to criticize them. Lessig writes, “Microsoft characterizes Amadeuís statements as ‘beyond being absurd and criminal’ and as evincing an ‘excess in freedom of speech and freedom of thought.'”
Yes, if there’s anything America stands for, it’s freedom of speech and freedom of thought within the proper boundaries as defined by coporate America. Pop quiz: Which is worse for Microsoft’s image?
- Someone who publicly criticizes Microsoft.
- Microsoft filing a criminal defamation action against someone who publicly criticizes them.
In conclusion, if there’s anyone still wondering why I’ve switched to Apple…