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Yes, Carl Sagan once sued Apple for libel

Paul McNamara | Sept. 24, 2012
One of my favorite parts of Reddit is a section called "Today I Learned," where readers submit stories and facts that maybe not everybody knows. Last week while browsing there, I learned that the famous astronomer Carl Sagan, who died in 1996, sued Apple for libel two years earlier. The details of the matter are highly amusing, as they apply to Apple, and at least slightly disappointing as they apply to Sagan.

That strikes me as a savvy public relations move. I mean say you beat the beloved Carl Sagan in another courtroom duel - as would have been likely -- what have you done? Well, you've beaten the beloved Carl Sagan.

Nevertheless, I have to agree with this final retort from those Apple engineers.

"Apple's third and final code name for the project was 'LaW', short for 'Lawyers are Wimps'".

Comments should be sent to buzz@nww.com. I'm fairly certain that subpoenas still need to be served in person.

 

 

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