"Sure you can use the ROM's," said Woz in an e-mail that Briel forwarded to Wired News. "I'm sure that Apple would deny this request, even though what you are speaking of is very noble and cannot hurt Apple in any way."
Briel is trying to make the old Apple motherboard brand new but of course the good old closed patentidea from Apple do put him down. And of course; Jobs should know how easy it is to loose good ideas - according to the "official" myth he did steal the whole idea of the graphical user interface from Xerox Park in the dawn of the computer age.
But even though one can feel that it is a good story, there might be much more boring background as recognized by the works of Making the Macintosh Project at Stanford and the stories that Jef Raskin is telling.