SOMEONE CLAIMED TO find a prototype of the new Apple iPhone at a bar in California, and they took the phone to the tech website Gizmodo. After examining the phone and determining its authenticity, Gizmodo purchased the phone from the finder for $5,000.
Is there anything wrong with that?
After photographing and filming the phone, Gizmodo contacted Apple and returned the phone (with no fees involved).
Police raided the home of Gizmodo's editor, investigating whether Gizmodo illegally obtained the phone (i.e. stole it).
Would this have become a problem if Gizmodo had not purchased the iPhone from the person who found it at a bar? Did paying for the information make it seem sketchy?
Should journalists pay for information? And how do you know how much to charge?
6 months ago