Apple Computer sues three for posting Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ on Web

“Apple Computer Inc. has sued three men for illegally distributing test copies of the next version of its Mac OS X operating system on a file-sharing Web site, court records showed on Tuesday,” Duncan Martell reports for Reuters. “The lawsuit is the second in as many weeks by the maker of the popular iPod digital music players and iconic Macintosh personal computers to thwart the release of its software and details of its unannounced products.”

“Apple claims in its suit that two different versions of Mac OS X, code-named Tiger, were made available on the Web on or about Oct. 30 and Dec. 8 of this year. The company has said it will ship Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ in the first half of 2005, after previewing it to the Mac community at a trade show last June… According to the suit, the men released the software on a Web site that employs BitTorrent file-sharing technology, which is used to rapidly distribute large files of electronic data, and is also widely used to distribute pirated copies of motion pictures via the Internet,” Martell reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s a virtual festival of lawsuits emanating from Cupertino this holiday season!

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26 Comments

  1. These guys are bloody idiots!

    They sign a non disclosure agreement and then post the results of tests on the web!!

    They deserve what they are gonna get – prison.

  2. Regardless of whether they have supported Apple over the years or not – the fact remains they signed a non disclosure agreement.

    If you sign one of those YOU WILL GET SUED IF YOU BREAK IT!

    I don’t know of any company that would not sue anyone breaking one of those agreements – a non disclosure agreement is a VERY serious agreement to sign and everyone who breaks one always get sued!

  3. For all APPLE knows those guys could have been feeding the info to Microsoft!

    I have no sympathy for anyone who is that stupid – I bet APPLE have blocked all their .mac accounts and they are probably black listed too from any Apple related product or service or training.

    Those guys could be facing 4 years in jail!

  4. As much as I like “insider” information, I would rather be completely surprised during Steve’s keynote. So Apple suing these guys is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

    Go Apple!

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