Breaking: Apple C&D's Wired Gadget Lab over OS X-on-netbook tutorial
Wired's Gadget Lab
blog is being sued by Apple for posting a tutorial on how to hack OS X Leopard to allow it to be installed on a MSI Wind netbook.
According to the author of that guide
, Brian X. Chen, on Twitter
Just found out Apple is suing Wired for my video tutorial on hacking netbooks to run Mac OS X. One hell of a way to start off the day.
Ars Technica's Clint Ecker
then asks if Chen (and other Conde Nast writers) are allowed to discuss it publicly, or cover it as news.
Chen's Twitter response (since deleted):
Probably. We're supposed to favor radical transparency here, right?
It certainly doesn't look like it. The video to the guide in question
has already been pulled and replaced with a random stream of CES 2009 videos. The YouTube mirror
has been pulled as well.
More details as they become available, but smooth move, Apple. At the very least, you just guaranteed a fuckload
more people are going to start reading Gadget Lab
, don't wuss out.
: Just spoke with Leander Kahney, managing editor of Wired.com, who gave us an official "No comment." Looks like hatches are being battened. - Joel
: According to other sources at Wired, it appears that Chen mistweeted: Wired has simply been hit with a cease-and-desist... which it appears, from the outside, to be complying with in panicked haste. - John
has confirmed to BBG
that is not a lawsuit, but a complaint from lawyers representing Apple with regard to the articles and videos in question. Wired.com
plans to mull the complaint before deciding on a response. - Joel
: Although Wired has still pulled the video, Gizmodo
snagged it before it was taken down and is now hosting it
. - John
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