A "high-ranking" Apple insider has denied that the company is investigating Australian PC Maker FishPC for possible copyright infringement, according to a MacNN story.

According to MacNN's unnamed contact, comments made by Apple spokesman Alec Rosen regarding the Australian company's eponymous Windows-based PC were "premature and simply unfounded".

Rosen had told a CNET reporter last week that, while he was "unsure" if there were any copyright or trademark infringements, the machine "looks pretty darn close to an iMac". He added: "We certainly will take a close look at the company and see what the deal is here, and whether it is infringing on our patents or trademarks."

The Apple source told MacNN: "The bottom line is comments like that should have never been made in the first place. They were totally premature and simply unfounded. We are not targeting FishPC for legal action." The source suggested that the comments might have been taken out of context or misunderstood.