Chen: Those who leak BlackBerry products will be punished

Chen: Those who leak BlackBerry products will be punished
Something has BlackBerry CEO John Chen steamed about leaks. The executive wrote in the company's own blog that it will now take legal action against those who leak non-public information about BlackBerry products. What set him off against those who leak non-public information might have been an incident that recently occurred.

Chen revealed that BlackBerry is taking legal action against someone who pretended to be working for one of the carriers that partners with BlackBerry. The impersonation allowed this person to find out confidential information about a future BlackBerry product, which Chen said was leaked to the public.The executive said that his new strict policy will probably mean that BlackBerry fans will be seeing fewer leaked photos of future BlackBerry devices, even though he admits that they can be fun for the fans.


This isn't the first time that a handset manufacturer got upset about leaks. After a large number of leaks revealed information about the Sony Xperia Z1 before its launch, Sony vowed to crack down on the practice, and posted "No Leakage" signs throughout its offices. Sony warned employees to follow certain procedures when handling prototypes, such as using a case that could disguise the look of the phone. In addition, Sony told those handling prototypes not to install any apps that could lead a mobile ad network to identify the phone. For all of Sony's desire to stop leaks, the Sony Xperia Z2 was often the subject of leaked photographs and information.

While HTC executives hinted legal action against a kid who made a review of the all new HTC One (M8) weeks before Tuesday's launch, we would imagine that internally, executives of the company had to be pleased with the hype generated by leaks of the phone. No amount of advertising could have generated the excitement over the handset that took place prior to its unveiling and launch.

source: BlackBerry via Engadget 

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40 Comments

1. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Chou should take notes from Chen.

2. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Really don't think he has to worry. Leaks tend to happen when people are excited for your product. Blackberry doesn't register on most peoples radar.

3. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Free advertising and pre-release hype, but who needs that? Certainly not Rim, they are a market leader.....said someone in 2006.

11. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Too bad "RIM" doesn't exist anymore. The company is called BLACKBERRY now.

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

thealphageek1: you missed the high brow humor. RIM did exist and was the market leader in *2006*

17. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Didn't miss it. Just didn't find it too amusing is all.

29. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Rim = rest in motion

31. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Lame.

40. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

It sure does!

41. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Really lame.

4. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

I would think that owning a blackberry would be punishment enough.

13. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I own a BlackBerry 10 device and I love it. No punishment here. It would be a punishment if I owned ANY OTHER device as opposed to a BB10 device.

30. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Not a punishment but a liability instead

35. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Not a liability either. Try harder.

5. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

As if anyone actually cared about new BB devices....

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I care....

38. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Woot! Chalk up one fan for Blackberry. Now step it up Chen - got to find fanboy #2.

39. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Get off mine. Begone troll.

15. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

This guy is lame. Nobody cares about BlackBerry products anymore

18. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

See the comment above.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i never liked bb devices except the bold9000 which had class and nice build, the alternative to having a bb was Nokia E71

6. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

leaks generate excitement about products - something blackberry really needs. If there is no excitement about their products even fewer people will actually care when they finally do release something - unless it is ground breaking, which going by recent history, blackberry hasn't been able to achieve.

7. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Uh... I actually enjoy my Q10, its my daily driver out of quite a lot of choices.

8. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

There's a reason because BlackBerry 10.2 is better then android just people don't know

9. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I love this guy so funny.

12. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Too many haters commenting on this article. There is nothing wrong with the CEO of ANY company wanting to protect their property. You haters should troll elsewhere. If this were Apple or Samsung saying this, you BlackBerry haters would be cheering them on. Such hypocrites.

19. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Are you in denial? HTC just introduced their M8 One, Samsung and Sony new products will be hitting the market in a few days, iPhone 6 is around the corner and even Windows Phone 8.1 is in horizon, what the hell is blackberry doing? indeed RIP

24. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

If you have to ask "what the hell is BlackBerry doing", then you must not get information from too many sites other than phone arena. I don't limit myself when it comes to where I get my information from, so I happen to be "in the know". It's all fine and dandy that Android manufacturers are putting out new hardware(albeit not too much different from each other). It's great that Windows Phone has 8.1 on the horizon and that Apple has a new iPhone in the works(hopefully it will be innovative this time). I prefer what BlackBerry has to offer. I don't hate on any other platform. If it's not for me, so be it. What I am saying is, why do you haters feel the need to bash BlackBerry? Does it make you feel good at night? Do you "get off" on it? If you don't like something, fine. But there is no need to bash it. I prefer BB10 over any other platform. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Is that a problem? Not that I care if it is a problem. Tell me something : have you ever used a BB10 device before? For at least a month? Because if you have not, then your hate is full of ignorance. And yes, I've used Android and iOS extensively, and currently own a Windows pro tablet and a WP device in addition to my BB10 device. Now if necessary, I can provide links to what BlackBerry is up to as of late from an UNBIASED point of view. RIP BlackBerry? No, I think not. And you and the rest of the haters will learn that soon enough.

28. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Nobody cares

32. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

....about you, that's for sure.

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