Two Hon Hai employees and a MacTop Electronics executive have been found guilty of leaking information about Apple’s iPad 2 ahead of its release. The trio was arrested in December last year following an investigation by authorities in Shenzhen, China. Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co., former Hon Hai employee named Hou Pengna, and Lin Kecheng, a Hon Hai research-and-development employee, were all sentenced on Tuesday in a Chinese court. Hou was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 30,000 yuan, Lin was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, and Xiao was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and fined 150,000 yuan. More →
Reuters is reporting that former Apple global supply chain manager, Paul Devine, has pled guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in a San Jose, CA federal court. Mr. Devine, who worked for Apple from 2005 to 2010, was accused of taking kickbacks and “using his position to pass confidential information to help suppliers negotiate favorable contracts with Apple.” As part of his plea, Devine forfeits $2.28 million in cash and property. “Mr. Devine is a good man who made a mistake, and now he’s trying to make amends,” said his attorney. Sentencing is set for Monday, June 6th, when Devine will face a maximum sentence of twenty years. A civil lawsuit is also pending.
Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström — the founders of the wildly popular torrent site The Pirate Bay — have had their previous convictions upheld by a Swedish court of appeals. While the three defendants did see their prison sentences reduced, the court did increase the fine levied on the the trio from 30 million kronor to 46 million kronor (USD $6.5 million). In April of 2009, a 1 year jail sentence was handed down to all three defendants, the new sentencing has the Swedish residents spending between 10 and 4 months behind bars: Neij, 10 months in prison; Sunde, 8 months in prison; Lundström, 4 months in prison.
“In two years, this type of piracy will be over,” said Ludvig Werner, chairman for the Swedish arm of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. “After a ruling like this and all the pioneers start to get older and have children and families, piracy won’t occur to this extent.”
Christian Engström, a Pirate Party member of the European Parliament, refutes that claim, “The judgement has no meaning for file sharing. It has continued to increase from year to year and the technical capabilities continue to develop.”
No word on what impact, if any, this ruling will have on The Pirate Bay website. More →