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Apple settles with Tiger leaker

Apple Computer has reached a settlement with one of the men it sued for online distribution of its unreleased Mac OS X Tiger operating system.

Apple said on Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with 22-year-old Doug Steigerwald. It did not discuss the details of that settlement, though it does involve money being paid to Apple, according to Steigerwald. The company still has legal action pending against two other men in the case, which was filed in December in federal court in San Jose, Calif.

"While Apple will always protect its innovations, it is not our desire to send students to jail," Apple said in a statement to CNET News.com. "We are pleased that Mr. Steigerwald has taken responsibility for his actions and that we can put this lawsuit behind us." Steigerwald is actually not a student, but a recent graduate of North Carolina State University who is currently looking for a job. Reading from a prepared statement, Steigerwald said that a criminal investigation had been launched against him.

News source: C|Net News.com

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