Apple sues over Tiger leak
Apple Computer Inc. is suing three developers for distributing Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger," the upcoming version of its operating system the company plans to release sometime in the first half of 2005. The men allegedly released development versions of Tiger on a file-sharing Web site, according to Reuters.
Tiger debuted at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, 2004. The forthcoming version of Apple's operating system contains more than 150 new features, including Spotlight, a new search mechanism, "Dashboard," a new application interface for mini-application "Widgets," and a multi-channel version of iChat AV, Apple's instant messaging, video and audio chat software.
Apple offers pre-release versions of its operating system to some of its registered developers under strict non-disclosure rules. These rules prohibit the developers from sharing Tiger with others. Apple alleges in a lawsuit that these three developers released the software on a Web site that uses BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing technology.
It's the second lawsuit Apple has filed in two weeks; Apple recently filed suit against anonymous sources who leaked information about an unannounced product.