Let Organizational Sentencing Get Creative

Earlier this month a United Kingdom court took their turn on stage in the world-wide Apple v. Samsung dispute over copyright infringement. The court upheld a July ruling which took a slap at Apple. This slap did not consist of incarceration or a monetary fine, but instead brought Apple a taste of public shame. The court ruled that Apple must place a link to the ruling on its webpage run advertisements in prominent British magazines saying that Apple is not a copycat. The appeal court stated, “The acknowledgment must come from the horse’s mouth.”[1] This was a small demonstration of a court taking steps to actually hit an organization where it hurts.  In this particular case, Apple was required to tarnish its image.

            While corporations are not people, they are in many regards citizens of their respective states. This privilege of citizenship comes with a great deal of Read the rest