In the good old days Apple was seen as the champion of free speech and computer of choice for a generation of writers. Now it seems that it is keen on using its army of lawyers to get people it does not like to shut up.
Human rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is helping the operator of a wiki site sue Jobs' Mob over legal threats Apple made to stifle discussion of iTunes workarounds. OdioWorks, runs a Web site called Bluwiki and it has sued Apple in hopes of securing a legal ruling that would allow it to host discussions regarding the use of alternative music software to manage an iPod or iPhone.
Apple sent OdioWorks a cease-and-desist letter invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act after Bluwiki users began discussing software to sync music or videos to iPods or iPhones from sources other than iTunes. OdioWorks complied with the request to remove the discussions, however it wants a ruling that says that the law does not cover those sorts of chats and Apple was wrong trying to bully it into silence.