Apple settles with man who ‘prereleased’ Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger

“Apple Computer has reached a settlement with one of the men it sued for online distribution of its unreleased Mac OS X Tiger operating system,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “Apple said on Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with 22-year-old Doug Steigerwald. It did not discuss the details of that settlement, though it does involve money being paid to Apple, according to Steigerwald. The company still has legal action pending against two other men in the case, which was filed in December in federal court in San Jose, Calif.”

“Reading from a prepared statement, Steigerwald said that a criminal investigation had been launched against him. In the statement, Steigerwald said that the allegations made by Apple were true and apologized for his actions,” Fried reports.

Full article with details and comments from Apple here.

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Apple Computer sues three for posting Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ on Web – December 21, 2004


  1. It worked… I gotta say before this mess started you could grab all the latest Tiger dev releases on Bittorrent sites no problem. These days… shoot you can’t even ask questions on IRC without people saying it’s all under NDA. Man I just wanted to ask a little about MPEG-4 ASP compliance in QT 7 and people were jumping all over me. Maybe I’m just going to the wrong places but there’s been a noticeable attitude change in general on loose lips.

  2. Jobs has spent too much time in Hollywood if he and Apple think they can control everything with litigation. In this case, I think it’s warranted, but the rabid suits of gossip sites is a bit much.

    Apple’s public image is one of their most valuable assets, and I think they’re doing a lot to ruin that image right now.

  3. “Maybe he learned his lesson and will be a positive contributor to Mac development.”

    He’ll most likely switch to Windows now. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. “As a member of Apple’s Developer Connection program I received a pre-release version of Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4 ‘Tiger’ software, which I promised to keep confidential,” he said. “Instead, I disseminated it over the Internet, and thousands of unauthorized copies of Apple’s software were illegally distributed to the public.”

    What part of the above statement shows any ruthlessness or unfairness on Apple’s part?

    Being an Apple stockholder with a substantial investment involved, I along with all other Apple stockholders have tasked Steve and Co. to protect OUR investment. Steigerwald admits himself that what he did was illegal and went against him promise to not disseminate OUR property. I believe Apple was very fair and reasonable in this case.

    “He’ll most likely switch to Windows now.”

    What so they he can start disseminating pre-release versions of Longhorn as well? For my sake, I hope he does.

  5. Steve Jobs and Wozniac used to steal from AT&T with the “Black Boxes” they sold back in 74. Jobs forgot this, Wozniac didn’t – If you live in glass house… Bad karma Jobs

  6. So because Steve Jobs stole years and years and years ago, he should just allow some clown to freely distribute an unreleased OS that the company relies on for cash flow? Apple should just turn a blind eye to someone breaking the law because Steve Jobs and Steve Woz make their telephone box years ago.
    Now THAT’S logic.
    Woz didn’t forget this? No. Steve Jobs grew up. Woz did not.
    Everybody acts like idiots in their young years… using that logic as an adult running a successful company? Apple would be dead in no time…

  7. I’m sure the guy got royally boned by Apple’s lawyers, and I’m sorry for the guy about that. But, after pulling a stunt like that, you’ve got to expect you’re going to get hauled into court. It’s one thing to share the beta-release with a few of your friends; probably would help you with your evaluation. It’s another thing entirely to give it away on the Internet. Not too smart.

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