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Comeuppance for Apple

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Albeit a minor comeuppance, it still amuses:

Apple is [most recently] famous for accusing Samsung of “slavishly copying” the design of its iPhone. The copying claims led to a long-running legal battle that ultimately resulted in Samsung owing Apple about $1 billion. It seems Apple has been doing a bit of copying designs of its own.

The Swiss are famous for clocks and watches. Switzerland has long been the source of some the most iconic watch designs and beautifully intricate timepieces in the world. The Swiss Federal Railway service has accused Apple of copying its iconic railway clock.

Clearly looking at the two clocks side-by-side, they are identical save for the Swiss clock’s logo.

I cannot currently agree with the libertarians who claim there is no such thing as Intellectual Property. But also, the current schemes of copyright and patent seem ludicrously skewed toward protecting the first to claim ownership of an idea.

Everything, including the language we use to describe ideas, is a derivative work. The core of Apple was stolen adapted from Stanford and Xerox®. I feel no sympathy for a company that claims it invented rounded corners. Best wishes to the CFF and its lawyers.

Via: Developers are Crabgrass