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Brian Hogan, who found a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar, opens up for his legal troubles on Reddit

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Brian Hogan, who found a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar, opens up for his legal troubles on Reddit
When in the spring of 2010 we got a full frontal of the new iPhone 4 with a glass chassis, which was a unique feature at the time, the leak turned out to be from an alleged Apple tester forgetting the prototype in a bar.

Now Brian Hogan, who found the pre-release iPhone 4 unit, and sold it to Gizmodo to publish, took to Reddit for a Q&A session, spilling some intimate details on how things actually went.

First off, he spent $5000 in total for legal fees, offsetting what the tech blog gave him for the device, and then never got the other $3000 that were promised to him. A misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property was laid on him in the end, and he had to pay a $125 fine share. 

Brian Hogan said he didn't return it to the bartender because "I was 21, drunk, and I didn't think about that at the time." Fair enough, and the Reddit thread is still ongoing so you can head over to the source link and read up more on the mystery.

source: Reddit

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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 04:02

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Phones at bars... someones gonna patent that

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 04:32 3

2. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I don't really get this...So this guy finds a phone that some Apple retard lost at a barand Apple sued him for that? WTF? HOW? Is there even a law for sueing someone who found your phone but chose not to return it? If a person chooses to return a found phone to their owner, it's the owner's blessing, not a law.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 05:35 2

3. gust3r3u (Posts: 79; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


the phone wasn.t for sale, it was a prototype, you could say the guy lost the plans to the secret iphone in a bar , now you got a lawsuit :)

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 05:54 4

4. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I think this falls into the famous court battle of Finders v Seekers.

Side note: How F*ed is Gizmodo for not giving the rest of the money that was promised to him. At the very least they should have covered his lawyer bills in case this ever happens again people will feel safe going to them with stories because I guarantee they made a buttload off that one story.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 08:21 3

8. -box- (Posts: 3778; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


As I recall, he offered the phone to apple before presenting it to Giz, and they wouldn't give him the time of day.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:55

10. marbovo (Posts: 628; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I Don't know how it is in your country, but in Brazil and probably in USA, if you find something, you can't keep it, you have to return to the person who lost it or to the a police station.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 20:15

12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Here, I'm not sure if it's a law, but a phone should be the owner's responsibility, you lose it? Too f**kin bad

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 06:40 7

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if it were anyone else but Apple he'd have been alright.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:27 1

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 10944; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Turn in some ones phone next time you find one. The last time I found a phone, the called it, and my honesty resulted in $100 in my pocket. People's phones are their life lines.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:29

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10944; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


PA return the edit button...

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 11:23

9. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Or learn how to type correctly. :)

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 17:15

11. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I don't understand why that or the thumbs down button was removed. Thumbs down isn't something only for trolls to abuse, its also useful in identifying trolls and avoiding their posts.

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