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Apple issues takedown to outfit selling 'iPhone 5' kit

updated 12:36 pm EDT, Fri August 24, 2012

Targets company over 'counterfeit Apple trademarks'

Apple has sent a DMCA takedown notice to the operators of, a site that was selling an "iPhone 5 conversion kit" resembling leaked photos of next-generation iPhone backs. In a letter from OpSec Security, which says it's acting on Apple's behalf, the site is accused of "offering for sale and selling merchandise bearing counterfeit Apple trademark(s)," something that violates US federal and state laws. The company behind the kit is identified as operating in Shenzhen, China.

Despite the takedown notice, the site's operators say they'll continue to ship orders that have already been placed, and accept new orders for roughly the next 48 hours. While Apple may have a genuine claim about counterfeiting, it's thought that the company may be equally interested in keeping the look of the new iPhone under wraps until a press event. An official unveiling is expected on September 12th.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slboett

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: 05-13-99

    Shocked - SHOCKED that China is stealing IP. I mean, next you'll tell me that the Koreans are copying Apple's hardware. Say it ain't so...

  1. elroth

    Junior Member

    Joined: 07-05-06

    Shenzhen, China? It's probably Proview again. They'll probably sue in China, saying they have the rights to the Apple logo, and they also invented the iPhone 5.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-06-01

    So, exactly how is this covered by the DMCA? They're in china (it's an American law). The closest issue is if they had a picture of an Apple logo on the screen. Then it might apply. Beyond that, I didn't realize one could use the DCMA to handle any issue you decide you want.

    And who would buy such a stupid thing anyway? Are people so vain they feel they need to fit in or look cool by looking like they've got the latest hot gizmo or something?

    Oh, right, yes they are.

  1. growlf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-05-07

    I don't pretend to know enough about DMCA to know why it would apply. It certainly doesn't seem to fit what I understood to be the original intent of the law.

    I do understand enough of how the Internet works to understand why an American law would carry weight:

    It's hosted by in the US by a US hosting provider.

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