Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

iPod Factory, Newspaper Apologize To Each Other

from the bygones dept

How quickly things change. A week ago, the owners of the iPod factory accused by journalists of substandard working conditions, tried to destroy the lives of the reporters who broke the story -- by suing them for a ton of money and freezing their assets. A couple days of bad press later, and the firm cut back its demands to a token amount. A few more days and... they've dropped the case completely, putting out a joint statement with the newspaper who employed the reporters. Both sides' "statements" sound like children who have been caught doing something wrong and are forced to make an apology that neither really believes in. Apparently, the company has posted a statement on its website about how much it "respects" the media and how it "recognized the right of media in overseeing corporate behavior." The newspaper, for its part, expresses "its recognition of the [Foxconn's] contribution to China's economic development and competitiveness." Of course, they don't say whether those substandard working conditions helped that contribution... but I imagine that would be considered in poor taste for a reconciliation statement.

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    Sohrab, 4 Sep 2006 @ 11:24pm

    I myself again feel that this was all a push from Apple so it would die down as soon as possible so no bad press would be brought on to them witch is smart.

    Having said that, those statements do indeed feel 100% empty

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2006 @ 12:46am

    Mmm, I just thought of something. Has anyone else noticed how passive apple has been acting lately? Bowing down to patent threats a few times and now this. Makes you wonder what it is they have been up to that is causing them to act like this?

    Or am I just seen conspiracy wherever I look

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