Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 23:11 UTC, submitted by UglyKidBill
Legal Well, this is unexpected. The iPhone 4G saga just got a whole lot crazier - dare I say it, a whole lot more ridiculous. Have you ever reported anything like a phone or something similarly small stolen to the police? What was their reaction? Did you ever get the device back? Did they send an army of officers to get your device back? No? Odd. They raided Jason Chen's house, and took four computers and two servers. Update: And thus our true colours reveal. "The raid that San Mateo area cops conducted last week on the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen came at the behest of a special multi-agency task force that was commissioned to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes. And Apple Inc. sits on the task force's steering committee." Update II: According to TechCrunch, the investigation has been put on hold while the DA ponders Gizmodo's shield defence. Update III: Some legal insight from a constitutional law and first amendment expert and a law professor. The gist? The DA has said no one has been charged with anything here, making this just an investigation - however, this makes the search and seizing of material worse. "If the police are literally just gathering information, with no suspect targeted yet, then a subpoena against a journalist would have probably been smarter than a search warranted that resulted in the front door of Chen's home being bashed in."
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RE[2]: A crime is a crime
by Tony Swash on Mon 26th Apr 2010 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE: A crime is a crime"
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"Not a bright idea to buy property that belongs to someone else and then blog about it.

Had Gizmodo not bought the phone and blogged about it...

...would Apple have had the phone back this quickly?

Just playing devil's advocate here.

I think the point is that the real value of the phone is that it is a secret industrial prototype. If it had just disappeared then Apple would have been concerned but not much more - the blogging (ie revealing the stolen industrial secret) was the bit that pushed a nuisance event into something more serious. As much as I defend the freedom of the press I think I would draw the line at buying and then publishing stolen industrial secrets for gain. Its just not right.

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