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Last year's iPhone 4 bar leak "not motivated by financial greed" says court, journalists rejoice

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Last year's iPhone 4 bar leak
There won't be any charges pressed against Jason Chen or Gizmodo for the infamous iPhone 4 prototype that was lost in a bar last year by an absent-minded Apple engineer, and obtained by the tech blog against $5000 from the people who found it.

The San Mateo District Attorney office clarified that the leaked unit has been used for journalistic purposes, rather than strictly financial gain. This decision might set a precedent so as publishing leaks at tech blogs not to be considered criminal offense. The opposite decision would have probably hampered the free media spirit, considering that everyone would have Apple's, or other company's legal team in mind before posting anything of value.

"We are pleased that the District Attorney of San Mateo County, Steven Wagstaffe, has decided, upon review of all of the evidence, that no crime was committed by the Gizmodo team in relation to its reporting on the iPhone 4 prototype last year," stated the company that owns Gizmodo on its website.

via CW

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posted on 11 Aug 2011, 07:10 3

1. Steveballmer (unregistered)


posted on 11 Aug 2011, 11:28 1

2. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


posted on 11 Aug 2011, 12:37 2

3. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I wonder what Apple's response to this case is. As I recall, they sent the police to the guy's house to confiscate his computers and stuff. It seemed like an over reaction on Apple's part to send in the cops like that.

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 16:10

4. LionStone (Posts: 839; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Read the article in the SF Chronicle this morning...yea Chen co-operated with the "electronic devices"...apparently Jobs said several people around him had said to let it go (probably some folks with good sense), but after pondering on it he felt he couldn't let his ideals be compromised or whatever, he just couldn't let it go so the guys that sold the thing may get up to a year if convicted but they may get off because they have no records and they are remorseful.

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 19:37

5. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Glad he didn't get charged. I think Apple got their point across though.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 02:00

6. snaggly (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

Apple makes me sick. I just got done felating myself

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