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iPhone Loss 'Huge' -- Thanks, Gizmodo
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 18:04

From Information Week

Apple has been very aggressive with its prosecution of its case against Gizmodo since the tech site outed the next generation iPhone on its site a few weeks ago. New court documents reveal that according to Apple, it is suffering huge losses in sales as people sit on the sidelines waiting for the next round of hardware.

Apple wasn't content with getting the prototype back. Its attorneys urged local police to press for criminal charges in the case. Under California law, finders are not keepers. If you find something you have the legal obligation to return it to its owner. The finder's roommate made such an effort by calling Apple's support line. They claimed not to know what he was talking about so the finder sold it to Gizmodo for $5,000. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent recap of the events thus far.

There are legal questions to be answered here. Was the attempt to return it sufficient? Did Gizmodo engage in criminal activity by buying "stolen property?" I am sure we'll have answers to those questions in due time as I now expect this case to go to court.


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