Apple Ousts Coder for Being Too Young

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by AmbitiousLemon, Mar 29, 2002.

  1. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    I came aross this article at
    i guess the reason they did this is that they felt that the legal issues of a minor contributing to the open source project were too hairy. since he is not 18 he can not enter a legal contract which means he could later decide that he wants to keep the rights to parts of darwin he contributed which would put apple in a very difficult situation. still it seems apple could simply get his parents to cosign any legal documents and thereby bypass any hairy legal issues.
  2. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    Apple has to keep itself safe in that sue-happy place we call America.

    It's a shame. But you're right, you'd think Apple would let a guardian sign for (with) him.
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I think the key thing here is that since all contracts with a minor are viodable, it also includes non-disclosure clauses. He'd be the perfect 'mole', able to spill what ever he learned as a developer and not be able to be prosecuted.

    Apple's paranoia over secrecy is showing.....
  4. big macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    that ones a little X-filey, Seems like the kid still would have an awesome future once he matures. How many people can put that on their resume?
  5. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    he will get a real paying job in the valley asap

    i have heard about employees younger than 15, which is not legal, working in the is about money and if the person, however young they are have a special skill, they will get hired one way or another

    i knew someone younger than the above mentioned article who worked for big blue

    before i was a techie, i got my BA in HR and i saw how companies can circumvent many of the employment law, nothing is written in stone (the supreme court recently upheld a company's decision not to pay an illegal immigrant $64,000 dollars that they owed him despite criticism of the court from the bush administration)

    remember that bill gates was only 14 when he started the company which would eventually become microsoft (five years later) and in that first year, while bill was in junior high, he made $50,000 with his friend paul allen

    unlike other areas of the world, silicon valley was built largely on young minds...twenty somethings bill hewlett, david packard, and larry ellison; teens shawn fanning, steve wozniak, steve jobs, bill gates, paul allen, mike dell, and many others are the foundation the industry is built upon

    and unlike many other industries, many if not most of these luminaries listed above did not have college degrees and years of experience before they started their ventures

    the woz, whose brain launched apple, did not finish college until after his work at apple and thus his entrance into the world of teaching (for less money)

    apple really might have a different issue than just age because the minor is working as a developer for free and that does enter a different type of legal contract than some kid the same age working at a pizza joint like i did at that age

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