Gizmodo's Jason Chen Has His Home Raided By Police

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jiubreyn

Direct quote from the following website: http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog/2010/lost-and-found-california-law-and-next-generation-iphone [California law regulates what you can do when you find lost property in the state. Section 2080 of the Civil Code provides that any person who finds and takes charge of a lost item acts as "a depositary for the owner." If the true owner is known, the finder must notify him/her/it within a reasonable time and "make restitution without compensation, except a reasonable charge for saving and taking care of the property." Id. § 2080. If the true owner is not known and the item is worth more than $100, then the finder has a duty to turn it over to the local police department within a reasonable time. Id. § 2080.1. The owner then has 90 days to claim the property. Id. § 2080.2. If the true owner fails to do so and the property is worth more than $250, then the police publish a notice, and 7 days after that ownership of the property vests in the person who found it, with certain exceptions. Id. § 2080.3.]

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SpaceTrucker

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the device should NOT be returned to Apple, in fact it should have ALREADY been give back to Apple shortly after the story broke, if not before.  What this will do to the device actually being put out is anyones guess at this point.  I wouldn't want to be the blame for it never getting a release or even a major delay in it's release since they would have to go back to the drawing board on that prototype device to reproduce it.  Whereas that prototype could have been possibly up for release in the next month or two, had it not been lost to begin with.

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SpaceTrucker

Last I heard there was thing called, "Finders, Keepers", where if someone loses something, the person who found it has not done anything wrong and can claim it as theirs.  Therefore an ultimate sale of said item to someone else is of course legal.  From the whole story that was printed thus far, the item in question was not STOLEN but LOST, and someone else FOUND IT.  It's NOT their responsibility to return said item to anyone, they can keep it as theirs.  Though it may not be "moral" or "the right thing to do", it is however very legal.  Just as if you had lost your wallet and I ultimately found and sold the wallet to someone else, with all it's contents still inside. Now assuming that this device was used by simply putting a SIM Card in that was owned by the new owner, then there is nothing illegal being committed, except for the illegal search and seizure of the computers and other electronic devices of the guy whom worked for the media.  Since it was obvious that the item in question was a cell phone, not a computer or other electronics. Stupid Captcha...

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