Apple Computer Inc. is set to sue several anonymous people who leaked details about new products
by posting information on the Internet, it has been claimed. The complaint alleges that "an unidentified individual, acting alone or in concert with others, has recently misappropriated and disseminated through Web sites confidential information about an unreleased Apple product." Apple claims that it does not currently know the names of the offenders, but that it will find out and when it does it will be taking the complaint further.
Such leaks pose many threats to Apple and the success of its products.
"To succeed, Apple must develop innovative products and bring those products to market in advance of its competitors. If Apple competitors were aware of Apple's future production information, those competitors could benefit economically from that knowledge by directing their product development or marketing to frustrate Apple's plans."