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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Makes sense
by elanthis on Tue 27th Apr 2010 00:59 UTC
elanthis
Member since:
2007-02-17

Take illegal pictures of stolen trade secrets, meet the wong end of the law. The dipshits posting about dystopian futures seem to think things are getting "worse," despite this having been the law for a very very long time and civil rights are steonger today than ever (and they're pretty new to begin with). The gizmodo folks were dumb and are learnig the hard way that the law is the law and breakin it just because you disagree with it doesn't keep you safe.

Is apple overreacting? Probably. Is trade secret theft illegal? Yup.

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RE: Makes sense
by crocodile on Tue 27th Apr 2010 07:46 in reply to "Makes sense"
crocodile Member since:
2010-01-18

How do you know that is a "trade secret"?

I have not seen anything like that written on that iPhone. Apple could call any piece of equipment a "trade secret".

If it is a "trade secret", why Apple lets its employees to take a prototype iPhone to a bar for a beer?

If you let employees to take prototypes to a bar then it means that it is not a trade secret.

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RE[2]: Makes sense
by nt_jerkface on Tue 27th Apr 2010 15:54 in reply to "RE: Makes sense"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It's obviously a product in development which is a trade secret.

There's no reason to assume that Apple gave anyone permission to take it off company grounds.

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