Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

Summary: Apple wants its 3G MacBook prototype back from a North Carolina man who bought it on Craigslist for parts.

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Apple is aiming to get a North Carolina man to return a 3G MacBook prototype after he bought it on Craigslist.

According to CNET News' Josh Lowensohn, Apple is chasing down its MacBook prototype, which included a slot for a SIM card and an external antenna. Carl Frega, the North Carolina man, bought the MacBook on Craigslist for parts.

This 2007 MacBook hit Craigslist just as the first iPhones were hitting the market. Given the interest in this one-of-a-kind prototype, Frega listed it on eBay. The prototype listing was pulled after bids hit $70,000.

Lowensohn's tale is a good read, but what's odd is that Apple is still trying to chase this old MacBook down. By the book, Apple is citing copyright infringement, trademark and intellectual property violations. However, Frega also lucked into this vintage MacBook. In some respects, this case isn't all that different than a baseball fan catching a home run ball and later selling it on eBay.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

    I believe it all depends on how said item came to be sold on Craig?s list. If it was a stolen prototype (think iPhone 4), then by rights it should be returned. If it was a discarded unit then Apple has no right to ask for it back.
    Rick_Kl
  • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

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  • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

    Stay classy, Apple. Stay Classy.

    Going after the little guy just because he's ebaying something you didn't want... Apple had it in their hands at their genuis bar, and didn't want it, wouldn't even work on it.

    LOL. and Copyright Infringement? IP violations???

    I hope the judge declares the only way this case is to have merit is for Apple to have to sue everyone on Ebay selling a Macbook.

    ah, but i wish.
    SonofaSailor
  • Apple ROMS are copyrighted, case closed.

    Unless you have a valid EULA, you're SOL. Like it or not, Apple knows how to cross the ts and dot the is when it comes to legal agreements.
    matthew_maurice
    • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

      @matthew_maurice But Apple put the ROMs on the logic board, in their offices...

      As has been said above, if it was stolen, then Apple have a right to get it back. If they threw it away or let a member of staff have it, who later sold it on, then they have no right to get it back.

      Copyright and IP infringements? That would be crazy, it would mean that Apple could never again work on a prototype device! :-D
      wright_is
  • Reselling stolen goods is illegal. It doesn't matter

    if you're a "little guy" and the owner of the stolen goods is the "big guy." That's what the whole concept of equal protection under the law means. Though too many Americans think they have a moral right to steal if the victim is rich.
    baggins_z
    • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

      @baggins_z the question is, whether it was stolen or not. Do Apple have a police case number to back up that it was stolen, or did they throw it out with the dirty dishwater?
      wright_is
    • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

      @baggins_z Ahhh but is there any proof that it was stolen? From the article: "[i]By the book, Apple is citing copyright infringement, trademark and intellectual property violations.[/i]" - nothing in there about stolen property.
      athynz
  • As Apple built the device...

    How can the device or the buyer be in violation of copyright or IP?

    If it is a third party knock-off, then they can probably get US Customs to sieze it and destroy the fake... But if Apple themselves built it, I don't see how they can claim copyright infringement, unless they are going to sue themselves and stop Apple ever making further prototypes... :-S
    wright_is
  • RE: Apple tries to put 2007 MacBook prototype back in the bottle

    Come on Apple, it's not like you're hurting for money. Just buy the thing back from him.
    Aerowind