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Apple loses bid to keep software under seal

The cat's already out of the bag
Wed Jan 04 2012, 11:52

SELLER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has lost a move in US District Court in San Francisco to keep some of its software 'secrets' out of view of the public.

It had asked Judge William Alsup to keep documents sealed that had surfaced in its lawsuit against Psystar, Bloomberg reports. The information about Apple's Mac OS X operating system covers topics such as technological protection measures, system integrity checks and thermal management techniques.

The court turned down Apple's request, however, noting that the company didn't deny that the information was already public or claim that it had been misappropriated. Apple had argued that it still deserved trade secret protection because it didn't release the information and had never confirmed it, but that didn't convince Judge Alsup.

The information at issue is available on a web site about the Mac OS X operating system, the judge noted, adding that Apple's decryption key haiku is available to any user that compiles and runs publicly available source code on a Macbook Air laptop.

In his ruling yesterday, Alsup wrote, "Apple cannot have this court seal information merely to avoid confirmation that the publicly available sources got it right.” µ

 

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