Originally Posted by freddych
You're assuming they bought it. But if they paid for it with the intent to return it to its rightful owner, is that actually buying it? Are they attempting to gain title to the prototype phone?
No and No.
How do you know they intended to return it to its owner when they bought it?
Just because they say so NOW!
If that was what they intended, that implies they know who the owner was, so why not return it instead of pulling it apart.
You whole argument fails because they made no attempt to check with Apple before taking the device apart. If their honest intention was to buy the device to return it to its owner then they should have contacted Apple to see if it was theirs FIRST. They did not do that, instead the pulled it apart. Even then if the only purpose was to find the owner, then they found out it was Apple, so did they contact Apple then to return it? No instead they decide to profit from their honest intentions and publish photos of what they now know to be an Apple prototype device. Still not made any effort to return it though, even though you claim that was their intention all along.
Only after they have profited by their actions do they start to have a dialogue with the owner of the device. Why not do that without publishing the photos or revealing the Apple employee? BECAUSE THERE WAS NO MONEY IN THOSE ACTIONS....