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05-26-2011, 01:26 PM #1
Apple Sues White iPhone Mod Kid, Requests Permission to Swirly
Remember the kid who made upwards of $100,000 selling white iPhone mod kits to thousands of people, including Steve Wozniak himself?
Well so does Apple, and they're lowering their Thor-like gavel of justice upon the poor kid's head. And his family too.
The recently filed suit against the New York teenager, Fei Lam, and his parents, claims Lam infringed and diluted "Apple's famous trademarks." However, Apple filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit at the very same time, which implies a settlement may have already been reached (gotta love our incredibly efficient legal system).
Lam obtained the parts for his white iphone kits, which he sold on whiteiphone4now.com, from an "unauthorized suppplier in the Shenzen Province in the People's Republic of China." The unauthorized dealer is identified as Alan Yang of Shenzen. The suit claims Apple is in possession of emails and instant messages between Lam and Yang, in which Yang comments his company, Focusupply, has a "friend" at Foxconn.
Apple is fully in the right here exercising their legal muscle, filing for the permanent injunction and forfeiture of profit from sales of the kits, but it will be interesting to see if any details of the possible settlement emerge. How much punishment is Apple willing to dish out to entrepreneurial teenager. Even if the kid knew what he was doing was wrong, he couldn't fathom the possibilities of Apple ruining his life. Let's hope Apple takes it easy on the kid.
Last edited by Orby; 05-26-2011 at 03:43 PM.
05-26-2011, 01:43 PM #2
thats f'd up
05-26-2011, 01:43 PM #3
I fudging hate apple
05-26-2011, 01:53 PM #4
Has apple not seen what has happened to Sony since they sued geohot. Make sure you remove your cc# from iTunes I'm sure this is going to get good in the next few weeks. Apple thinks they are "god-like", hackers don't think so.
05-26-2011, 01:54 PM #5
Made a killing though
05-26-2011, 01:55 PM #6
05-26-2011, 02:14 PM #7
Apple has the right to sue for copyright infringement and possible subtraction of Apple property and/or materials if the Foxxcon bit is true (how did Apple get the communications, by the way?) Other that that, the kid is just profiting from his entrepreneurial capabilities. Hope Apple does not continue to become the very Big Brother they advertised against in 1984 (remember?)
05-26-2011, 02:18 PM #8
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05-26-2011, 02:21 PM #9
Can't see my post!
05-26-2011, 02:35 PM #10
Appl£ you suck *** big time
by the way I'm taking a dremel to all my Appl£ products to infringed and dilute "Apple's famous trademarks."
Last edited by dsg; 05-26-2011 at 05:20 PM.
05-26-2011, 03:09 PM #11
05-26-2011, 03:11 PM #12Apple is fully in the right here exercising their legal muscle, filing for the permanent injunction and forfeiture of profit from sales of the kits
Apple filing this is just ridiculous, let alone taking the kids money. If Apple needs 100,000 that bad they need to just quit now.
05-26-2011, 03:21 PM #13
The kid had to know this would happen. If not he's a dumbass. A broke dumbass.
05-26-2011, 04:19 PM #14
A simple cease and desist in the beginning should of been enough to get him to stop. Apple = Big Bully with lots of Money! They know aftermarket products will never be as good as their OEM standards so consumers who purchased are the ones to lose out, not Apple.
05-26-2011, 04:45 PM #15Apple is fully in the right here exercising their legal muscle,
I don't believe they have any legal footing on this. The guy didn't market it as an Apple Product, and this is no different than putting a friggin case on the phone really.
Makes me embarrassed to have ever worked for this company
05-26-2011, 05:49 PM #16
Those of you feeling sorry for the kid need to grow up! The kid was selling OEM parts from Foxconn that had to be stolen because Apple wasn't selling the parts and hadn't released the white iPhone. The parts had the Apple logo and markings which infringes the trademarks. If he had found a source for aftermarket or knock-off parts w/o the logo and markings, then he would have been OK. Of course he wouldn't have sold nearly as many parts w/o the official logo and markings.
05-26-2011, 06:12 PM #17
Yeah I feel sorry for the kid, Apple makes billions on the iPhone, this kids measly 100,000 is a joke.
The iPhone is "Not for Resale" so why isn't Apple filing for injunctions to stop companies like Plemix, Negri Electronics, & all the others to stop selling the iPhone at outrageous prices?
Apple could have just contacted the kid, stop now & we will leave it alone, continue & face legal action. Problem solved.If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
05-26-2011, 06:40 PM #18
Wow, Apple sues over some law which more than 99.999% percent of the people what not know about, but Apple has big dollars to hire the big attorneys to find something to charge him with. What's really funny is Apple says he was engaging in unfair competition..lol
OK, so they think this teenager was being unfair to Apple's business. What seems unfair competition is Apple's power lawyer teams against a teen, who probably can't hire a single mediocre attorney.
Now, an email address and phone number was listed in that complaint form. A large number of emails and phone calls should be considered.
05-26-2011, 06:55 PM #19
05-26-2011, 07:46 PM #20
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First of all, Apple has no right to hack into some dudes email account and read all his emails. Second, why would Steve Wozniak buy one if he was going to sue him for it?