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China Convicts Three for Stealing iPad 2 Specs

A Chinese court has convicted three local guys who stole iPad 2’s blueprints to make counterfeits

A Chinese court has convicted three local guys who stole iPad 2's blueprints to make counterfeits.

The two guys who stole the plans worked for Foxconn, Apple's contract manufacturer. They sold them to a third guy for about $31,000 who built and sold knockoffs way before the genuine article appeared on the Chinese market last month.

One of the Foxconn employees got 14 months and a $15,500 fine. His buddy got 12 months and a $4,600 fine. The buyer, an agent of Maita Electronics, got 18 months and a $23,000 fine.

The same thing happened with the original iPad.

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