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Pirate our software, lose your job

Think Secret reports Apple retail store employees have been axed for illegally acquiring developer builds of Apple’s unreleased Mac OS X Leopard operating system. Mac OS X Leopard was given out to developers at Apple’s WWDC event earlier this month and leaked out to the public.

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previously reported on leaked screen shots of Mac OS X Leopard earlier today too. The Apple retail store employers obtained a leaked copy and were overhead discussing the matter with other employees. The discussion was overheard and Apple corporate investigated the matter after word had reached Apple’s office in Cupertino, CA.

The employees were immediately fired after admitting to obtaining the illegal software. Obtaining illegal copies of Apple software is a clear violation of Apple’s terms of service, or TOS, for retail store employees. Furthermore, the Apple employees had also signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) about upcoming software, which resulted in a second infraction.

The dismissed employees, when questioned, responded with "All of us know that we violated our NDA and ethics policy. Therefore, because we had the character to tell the truth and to face the consequences of our actions, we were terminated," said one of the fired employees, who spoke with Think Secret on condition of anonymity. "My only question is, if we all lied and denied it would we still be working at Apple today? Even more so, is that the kind of person that Apple wants working for them?"


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hah
By Kalessian on 8/22/2006 10:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if Apple would fire a top dev for doing something similar.




RE: hah
By Souka on 8/23/2006 12:37:20 AM , Rating: 2
How do you think the retail employees got the software?

One or more developers made it available, put it in an unsecure location, etc.... Bottom line, how would a retial employee "steal" from a developer....they can't. A developer is to blame....

Oh wait...developers are gods.... can't punish them.

:(



RE: hah
By Hare on 8/23/2006 8:22:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Oh wait...developers are gods.... can't punish them.
What's your problem with developers? The reason why no developers aren't punished is because Apple has no way to find out who actually leaked a copy. There are thousands of developers that have a copy and it's pretty easy to register to Apples dev group and get a legit copy.

If they knew who leaked the copy they would take action.


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