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A Chinese court has convicted three Chinese citizens, one a Foxconn employee, for trade secret theft. Local companies released iPad 2 cases before the device had even been unveiled, and a Foxconn staffer was handed a jail sentence for handing over design secrets. It's unusual for a Chinese court to prosecute locals over IP …

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Devil

Changing economies

There's nothing surprising about this - as a nation develops economically, IP becomes a bigger industry and the country discovers the value of protecting it, instead of shamelessly copying. The US did it, Japan then South Korea did it; now it's China's turn.

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WTF?

Apple said "copy our stuff"

And we'll shut down our big western tax paying production facility, move abroad to exploit someone else's cheap labour force and stop bribing UNICEF to turn a blind eye

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Big Brother

Sad

When contract law becomes criminal law.

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FAIL

Atypical

I suppose this case is "atypical" because they're putting him in jail rather than sending round the "disappearing" van.

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FAIL

Still in all....

Beats being thrown out the window like the last one...

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Mushroom

who cares

If Steve Jobs was big enough to drop an H-bomb on Foxconn, I'd gladly vote for him intead of any f.cking Ukrainian president BTW

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Everyone's at it...

It's not a question of whose turn it is. Everyone's still at it: http://www.tadag.com

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Childcatcher

I wonder If...

They ripped off the process to prosecute people who ripped people off.... Is there a bit of Zen in there?

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WTF?

China doing something about IP theft?

/falls over

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Silver badge

I guess it is a bit more embarassing

when the fake beats the real thing to the market.

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