Robert Reich comes to Apple's defense

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May 25th 2010 - by in: News | 0 Comment

“You don’t see what’s wrong with restricting freedom and liberty when Apple restricts developers to use only their tools? I don’t like my freedom of expression limited by Apple, such as open source tools and platforms.”-San Francisco, CA

San Fran, you have your concepts all mixed up and conflated.

“Rights” like “freedom and liberty” and “freedom of expression” are freedoms from government interference. They have nothing to do with the interactions between private individuals and companies.

You have the “freedom and liberty” to use any tools you own or have permission to use but you don’t have the “freedom and liberty” to use my tools and you don’t have the “freedom and liberty” to use your tools on my land or at my company. Similarly, you don’t have any “freedom and liberty” to use your tools at Apple’s company or on their platform.

You may exercise your right to “freedom of expression” by supporting open source tools and platforms, but you can’t use your “freedom of expression” to force me to support open source tools and platforms and you can’t use your “freedom of expression” to force me to supply you with open source tools and platforms. Similarly, you can’t use your right to “freedom of expression” to dictate to Apple whether they do or do not use open source tools and platforms.

You see, Apple isn’t interfering with your freedom, your liberty, your freedom of expression or any of your rights at all. Your free to do whatever you want*. Just not at Apple.

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